Posted by: Editor LNAV | February 19, 2009

Cyber Law In India On Bleeding Edge

The year 2000 saw a remarkable development in the Indian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) legislative arena. The Parliament of India enacted the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act, 2000) as the Cyber Law of India. It was a welcome move as the Legal Fraternity could now expect further development in the field of Techno-Legal ICT Regulation in India. The succeeding years, however, could not prove to be good for India. It was very natural to expect further strengthening and refinement of the IT Act, 2000. On the contrary, the Government of India (GOI) brought amendment in the IT Act, 2000 which were not only poorly drafted but also smacked vested interest inherent in those amendments. The IT Ministry/Department of Information Technology (DIT) suggested the IT Act Amendment Bill in December 2006. However, the same was found inadequate and deficient by the Parliamentary Standing Committee that submitted its recommendations in September 2007. The GOI again redrafted the amendments as Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2008 (Bill, 2008) and Parliament passed the same in December 2008 without even a discussion or debate.

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