Cyber Crime

Accounts hacked by employer

I was working for a media company. After I resigned, my employer filed a false complaint against me for theft of some data. The complaint was later withdrawn beacuse they did not find any evidence against me. Later I came to know that my email accounts and whatsapp was hacked by my employer. Please advise what should I do.

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Hacking is a Cyber Offence under Information Technology Act 2000. If You have evidence to prove that your email and WhatsApp account, then you can initiate Criminal Proceedings against your Former employer for causing wrongful loss or damage to your privacy. Infact, you can also file complaint against them for destroying or deleting or altering any information from your email of whatsapp account. If convicted, they may be punished with imprisonment up to three years, or with fine which may extend up to two lakh rupees, or with both.

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Even you should file complaint against employer for wrongdoings and protect yourself. At this stage you dont know where did he used your account details. In future there could be further action and such complaint will help atleast to protect yourself. concern department i.e. cyber cell investigate the matter and you will be relived from future consequences, That apart your complaint will also restrict such tendency of employer to hack someones account and make unauthorized use of it.

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First, I would recommend filing an RTI request seeking information as to lodging and subsequent withdrawal of the complaint. Second, please move a written complaint against the perpetrator to your local police station and/or to the Cyber Cell so that enquiry can be made in regards to the unauthorised access to your accounts. You can also forward these complaints to your email provider and WhatsApp authorities requesting details as to the unauthorised access as provided under the Terms and Conditions and/or Privacy Policy.

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