“Content can be removed very easily by filling out certain forms,” Janice Verghese, cybersecurity specialist and communications and training manager at the Cyber Peace Foundation, said in the online data privacy session. and social media security.
National Women’s Commission Chairperson Vidhya Gaude said the commission during her tenure over the past year has received numerous cybercrime complaints of which women and children are the main victims. Better training and a branch of cybersecurity will help solve cybercrime cases, she said.
Several young women face the problem of image-based violence when their photos and videos have been leaked online without their consent.
“If someone is in this situation, don’t blame or shame them. They are already in a difficult situation. It’s common for family members to accuse the girl of sharing private photos or videos, but it’s not their fault. They didn’t do anything wrong by trusting their partner or someone they loved. The only person at fault is the one blackmailing them and sharing their photos, ”Verghese said.
The foundation receives calls in the middle of the night to its hotline number from young girls grieved by the leaking of their photos and videos and wanting to take extreme measures. “We don’t want anyone to take drastic action. You are not wrong. You are just a victim. The person at fault is the person who blackmailed you, ”she said.
She shared the case of a 22-year-old whose content was leaked on 23 porn sites by her partner from a previous relationship. With the help of the foundation, the girl had content removed from 18 pornographic websites in two days and five more over the next few days.
“Within a week, all of the content was removed. Police identified the man and action was taken against him. Don’t feel like things are out of control and there is nothing you can do about it, ”she said.
She advised victims to fill out the Privacy Breach Form, Abusive Content Removal or Copyright Infringement Forms form provided by the platform and do a Google search so they can easily find. methodology.
Content on adult websites will also be removed once a victim submits the content removal form stating that the content was uploaded without consent, but will need to go through a VPN to access the form on the website to adults.
Even after removing the content, she advised reporting to law enforcement cases of account break-ins, unauthorized use of photos.
If the police refuse to register an FIR and if a person knows that a crime has occurred, they have advised to file a complaint with the SP, a district magistrate who has the power to take his statement and order the police to investigate. One should not feel helpless, she said, and suggested contacting the state and national commissions for women who have the power to intervene if the police do not help. There is also the National Commission 24/7 hotline.
The Cyber Peace Foundation team will also guide a victim on what to do as they work closely with the police and the government. “Do not suffer in silence. It is high time for women to stand up and speak out, ”she said.
The foundation also advised contacting the grievance manager on the social media platform.