Internet police

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Internet police is a generic term for police and secret police departments and other organizations in charge of policing Internet in a number of countries.[1] The major purposes of Internet police, depending on the state, are fighting cybercrime, as well as censorship, propaganda, and monitoring and manipulating the online public opinion.


Several attempts have been made to introduce tools that would allow law enforcement and security agencies to monitor online communications without a warrant, the latest of which was bill C-30, tabled in February 2012[2] which was abandoned because of strong public opposition.[3]


The Computer Emergency Response Team of Estonia (CERT Estonia), established in 2006, is an organization responsible for the management of security incidents in .ee computer networks. Its task is to assist Estonian Internet users in the implementation of preventive measures in order to reduce possible damage from security incidents and to help them in responding to security threats. CERT Estonia deals with security incidents that occur in Estonian networks, are started there, or have been notified of by citizens or institutions either in Estonia or abroad.[4]


Cyber Crime Investigation Cell[5] is a wing of Mumbai Police, India, to deal with Cyber crimes, and to enforce provisions of India's Information Technology Law, namely, The Information Technology Act, 2000, and various cyber crime related provisions of criminal laws, including the Indian Penal Code. Cyber Crime Investigation Cell is a part of Crime Branch, Criminal Investigation Department of the Mumbai Police.

Andhra Pradesh Cyber Crime Investigation Cell[6] is a wing of Hyderabad Police, India, to deal with Cyber crimes.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) also deals with Cyber Security. "Cyber Police", the Hi-Tech Crime Enquire Cell of the Kerala Police.[7]


Dutch police were reported to have set up an Internet Brigade to fight cybercrime. It will be allowed to infiltrate Internet newsgroups and discussion forums for intelligence gathering, to make pseudo-purchase and to provide services.[8]

People's Republic of China

It has been reported[9] that in 2005, departments of provincial and municipal governments in mainland China began creating teams of Internet commentators from propaganda and police departments and offering them classes in Marxism, propaganda techniques, and the Internet. They are reported to guide discussion on public bulletin boards away from politically sensitive topics by posting opinions anonymously or under false names.

Chinese Internet police also erase anti-communist comments and posts pro-government messages. Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Jintao has declared the party's intent to strengthen administration of the online environment and maintain the initiative in online opinion.[10]


Banner in Bangkok, observed on the 30th of June 2014, informing the Thai public that 'like' or 'share' activity on social media could land them in prison.

After the 2006 coup in Thailand, the Thai police has been active in monitoring and silencing dissidents online. Censorship of the Internet is carried out by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police, in collaboration with the Communications Authority of Thailand and the Telecommunication Authority of Thailand.[11]

On 29 April 2010, Wipas Raksakulthai was arrested on charges of lèse majesté following a post to his Facebook account criticizing King Bhumibol.[12] In May 2011, Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience."[13]

United Kingdom

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the only recognised organisation in the United Kingdom operating an Internet ‘Hotline’ for the public and IT professionals to report their exposure to potentially illegal content online. It works in partnership with the police, Government, the public, Internet service providers and the wider online industry.

United States

See also


  1. Jennifer Coleman, "Internet Police Patrol Cyberspace for Child-Sex Stalkers", Associated Press Online, March 14, 2000.
  2. "Legislative Summary of Bill C-30". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 13 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Government killing online surveillance bill". CBC. Retrieved 13 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Estonian Informatics Centre - About CERT Estonia". Retrieved 2013-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Indian Cyber Crime Investigation Cell Official Website". Retrieved 2013-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Hyderabad Police Cyber Crime Investigation Cell Official Website". Retrieved 2013-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Official website of Kerala Police".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Jelle van Buuren (26 August 2001). "Dutch Police expected to check 300.000 Internet-users in 2004".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Jonathan Watts. "China's secret internet police target critics with web of propaganda". the Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. China's Hu vows to "purify" Internet, Reuters, January 24, 2007
  11. Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch (2007-05-25). "Thailand: Military-Backed Government Censors Internet". Retrieved 2013-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Tracking digital footprints: Police are becoming increasingly adept at tackling online crimes". Bangkok Post. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Pravit Rojanaphruk (14 May 2011). "Amnesty International names Thailand's first 'prisoner of conscience'". The Nation. Retrieved 15 May 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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