"IT Act provides
for legal sanctity to all
DOWN-TO-CHEEK sideburns that have almost branded his looks, suave and immaculately dressed, Dewang Mehta (38) is a familiar face on the IT turf in India.
Dewang, who has been trained in graphic arts, is the president of Nasscom (National Association of Software and Service Companies) that represents some 700 Indian IT companies.
The following is an
excerpt from the interaction he had with Log in.…Tribune
on cyber laws.
Cyber laws are very much relevant in India. The Government of India implemented the Information Technology Act 2000 in October 2000. The following are some of the salient features of the cyber laws, which help you in understanding the relevance and importance of these laws.
The Information Technology Act, 2000, aims at providing for the legal framework so that legal sanctity is accorded to all electronic records and other activities carried out by electronic means. The Act states that unless otherwise agreed, an acceptance of contract may be expressed by electronic means of communication and the same shall have legal validity and enforceability. Some highlights of the Act are:
The said chapter also details the legal recognition of digital signatures.
The Act also provides for the constitution of the Cyber Regulations Advisory Committee to advise the government as regards any rules, or on anything else connected with the Act. The Act also proposes to amend the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Bankers’ Books Evidence Act, 1891, The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, to make them in tune with the provisions of the IT Act.
Is there a way to monitor Net chat?
There are many technical methods to monitor Net chat but it is not legal, until you have the necessary permission from a competent authority (courts, etc.)
Would monitoring site downloads and chat not infringe upon the privacy of a person?
Nobody, even a person who has the orders from the competent authority, can monitor Internet access. If somebody does so, one can take that person to court for infringement of privacy.
How can cyber police monitor sites?
Technically, it is always possible to monitor sites. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been instructed to have monitoring cells. The security agencies, with competent authority, too can monitor sites. The main purpose is to catch hold of unlawful activities and cyber terrorists.
What is the future of cyber laws in India?
The cyber laws have been implemented
only in October 2000. It is new and everybody is trying to understand
it. India is the 12th country in the world to have cyber laws. We are
proud of that. I think it has a great future.