The Sindh High Court directed the government to make immediate and effective arrangements for the protection of sensitive data of citizens and summoned a report on June 24.
A hearing was held in the Sindh High Court headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar against the sale of sensitive data of Pakistanis on the Dark Web in which cyber security experts appeared.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner said that on April 10, sensitive data of more than 11 crore Pakistanis was uploaded on Dark website which is being sold for Rs. 35 crore.
The petitioner’s lawyer said the data included mobile users’ ID card numbers, full addresses, phone numbers and other details.
On this occasion, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar asked what progress has been made so far in the investigation of the federal government.
The cyber security expert told the court that the article on sale of sensitive data went viral on April 22, after which the federal government launched an investigation into the data leak, which is about to be completed.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar remarked that it was a matter of public interest so the government would have to make effective arrangements soon to secure the sensitive data.
The cyber security expert said that the government is making arrangements for 24-hour monitoring as there are reports of some information being stolen through WhatsApp classifieds.
The court later adjourned the hearing on June 24 seeking a report from the federal government on securing sensitive data.