Tamil Nadu government is setting up 40 cyber stations and 6 cyber labs in the state, reported The Hindu. These cyber stations and labs would enable police to retrieve data, including deleted data, from mobile phones, computers, software, hard disks, etc.
The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned ₹28.97 crore for setting this up. Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, and Vellore would all get one cyber lab each.
Instead of recruiting more staff for these cyber stations and labs, the state police is planning to train selected persons from the existing staff. But, it would be recruiting 42 technical sub-inspectors to provide technical support.
Last-year, Union Home Ministry had advised states to set up state cybercrime co-ordination cells and district cybercrime cells, cyber forensics, and mobile forensics labs, as a part of an eight-point scheme created to address cybercrimes. The suggestions are said to be based on the recommendations made by the expert committee headed by former Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Viswanathan in September 2017.
Under the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children Scheme, the central government provided ₹83 crore last year for setting up of a cyber-forensic laboratory & training center for police officials in each state.