Why is it in the news?

  • In today’s digital era, concerns about doxxing are escalating significantly due to the ease of accessing and disseminating personal information online, posing heightened risks to individuals’ privacy and security.

More about the news

  • Doxxing refers to the act of digitally publicizing a person’s private details, including home addresses, phone numbers, email IDs, medical conditions, government documents, and live locations.
  • Doxxing enables abusers and criminals, often located remotely, to target victims by exposing their private information online, making them vulnerable to various forms of exploitation.
  • Private details obtained for doxxing are typically acquired through illegal means such as hacking or theft, violating the individual’s privacy and security.
  • Social media companies operating in India are subject to the country’s IT Rules, which mandate them to take action against cybercrimes like doxxing.
  • Filing a cybercrime complaint can prompt platforms to swiftly address instances of doxxing and take necessary measures to mitigate harm.
  • Further, individuals can take proactive steps to protect themselves from doxxing, including safeguarding personal information online and being cautious about sharing sensitive details on public platforms.

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