NEW DELHI: translating to the government’s India’s products and services tax (GST) database along with its related infrastructure dependencies installed in GST Network (GSTN) can now result in 10-year imprisonment, as the resources are announced as’protected systems’ from the finance ministry, under the IT Act.
Safe systems are a part of critical data infrastructure and also their destruction may have a debilitating effect on national security, economy, public health or security. Since the data stored on the resources has national safety importance, the centers will acquire extra security cover.
“The Ministry of Finance hereby acknowledges the Goods and Services Tax Database and its associated infrastructure dependencies installed at Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), as the secure system with the aim of said Act,” a telling dated February 4 noted.
accessibility to the machine and its facilities was restricted to authorised GSTN workers, designated tax officers of the Central Government, State Government, Union lands, auditing bureaus and accounting governments.
Authorised associates or personnel of the service providers which handle the GSTN, including Infosys and Tech Mahindra, or third party sellers and GSTN accredited business associate, will be permitted access, the telling included.
Beneath sub-section (1) of Department 70 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, that was cited from the finance ministry, the authorities can declare any personal computer source as a protected platform and according to the Act a man who tries to get such a system could be retrieved up to 10 decades, apart from being fined.
“Incapacitation of GSTN database could be regarded as blow to domestic safety, economy, public health or safety and also the individual responsible for it could be punishable with imprisonment for a term that might extend to 10 years jointly using a nice,” said Rajat Mohan, senior partner at AMRG Associates.
The government has declared Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) centers of special Identification Authority of India besides its own data resources, logistics infrastructure and dependencies, as protected methods under the Act.