MUMBAI: The wrongful arrest and the 50-day incarceration of an innocent software professional on charges he uploaded offensive pictures of Shivaji on Orkut were probably the result of a wrong internet timestamp and has raised concern over the over-dependence of police on Internet Protocol (IP) addresses as evidence in online crime, cyber experts said.
A couple of months ago, Lakshmana Kailash K was arrested, denied bail and given a taste of harsh prison life at Yerawada as the IP details given to police by his internet service provider, Bharti Airtel, matched his user identity. It later emerged that they had the wrong man. Police confirmed the faux pas and Mr Kailash was released. Now, the professional has sent legal notices to Bharti, police and government officials claiming damages for the agony he went through.
Sunil Phulari, the DCP with the cyber crime cell Pune said: "Nothing went wrong in the investigation. It was carried out according to the legal procedures. I cannot speak for Airtel."
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Data retention - "The innocent have nothing to fear" edition
The Economic Times of India has this worrying report: