NEW DELHI: Caller ID and spam blocking application Truecaller on Monday said it has collaborated with the Department of Electronics and IT (DeIT), government of Karnataka, to combat the growing incidents of cybercrime, impersonation, and fraud.
“Forged in the presence of Shri Priyank Kharge, Minister for Information Technology & Bio Technology and Rural Development & Panchayat Raj on the advent of Safer Internet Day, this initiative aims to empower citizens’ cyber safety awareness and skills,” said Truecaller.
As a part of this collaboration, Truecaller will carry out a series of initiatives to create awareness and build the capacity of citizens across the state to navigate the internet safely, and protect themselves from online harms, especially phone-based frauds and scams.
“The government is taking proactive steps to increase awareness and promote safety in digital communications. Bengaluru is synonymous with innovation and is recognized as a thriving tech hub. We take pride in adopting a collaborative approach to enhancing citizen’s online safety here,” Kharge said.
“We are delighted to collaborate with the Government of Karnataka to enhance digital safety in communication, empowering citizens to make the most of opportunities available to them in the digital world. Over the past year, our Government Directory Services feature has assisted over 31.2 million users in identifying verified calls from spam and fraud, while also helping them easily access helplines and key government numbers on the platform,” said Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Chief Product Officer and Managing Director, India at Truecaller.
To date, Truecaller said it has conducted cyber safety training for over 1.6 million citizens in collaboration with Delhi Police, Assam Police, and the state governments of Delhi, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan.