Govt tackles cyber crime
Moves to prevent website crashes and child
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has
decided to appoint a high level working group consisting of experts from
the TRCSL, premier IT institutions and the Attorney General’s Department
to implement a comprehensive cyber security program in the country.
TRCSL Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma, said this program is
aimed at preventing website crashes and child pornography. “We have
decided to develop a new mechanism with the support of experts from the
TRCSL, IT campus in Malabe, University of Colombo , ICTA and other IT
agencies in Sri Lanka to prevent website crashes and child pornography,”
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“The Commission has given extensive training to TRCSL officials in
the field of Cyber Security and their assistance will also be sought to
implement this program,” Kariyapperuma said.
He said these officers have studied the ICTA Global cyber security
program in Hyderabad and Geneva.
This working group comprises IT expert Champa Waragoda and three
legal luminaries. They are Deputy Solicitor General Dilushi Dias
Wickremasinghe and Senior State Counsel Sumathi Dharmaratne and Susantha
It appears the working group has to revisit the Cyber Crime Act and
the Obscene Publication Act as they do not have provisions to prevent
child pornography and other emerging threats including cyber terrorism.
A senior TRCSL official said these Acts should immediately be
revisited and amendments should be brought to these Acts to face the
“Sri Lanka’s present legal frame work does not have provisions to
control the child pornography menace and legal provision should be
brought to prevent children under 18 years from entering pornography
sites,” he said.
He said the public are not aware of the Cyber Crime Act which is in
effect in Sri Lanka. “We expect to promote the awareness of this Act
among the people involved in the IT, Retail Banking and
Telecommunication industries,” he said.