On October 17, 2000; cyber laws were introduced in India through Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”).

Why Cyber Laws Were Introduced?

Cyber laws were introduced as a way to protect netizens from criminal entities against illegal activities on internet.

Let us understand important CYBER LAWS that protect Indian citizens.

Section 65: Tampering with computer source documents

A person who conceals, destroys or alters any computer source code that must be maintained by law will have up to face 3 years of imprisonment, pay a fine of 2 Lakhs INR or both.

Section 66 - Using password of another person

If a person uses another user’s digital signature, password or other unique identification by fraud, he/she can face imprisonment up to 3 years, pay a fine of 1 Lakh INR or both.

Section 66F - Acts of cyber terrorism

Anyone who denies authorities to access computer resources or illegally accesses systems to threaten national interest will face charges. This is a non-bailable offence.

Section 67 - Publishing Child Porn

If a person captures or shares images of a child in a sexually explicit act, he/she will have to either face imprisonment up to 7 years, pay fine up to 10 lakhs INR or both.

Section 69 - Government can block websites

Government can block public access to any website that is against the interest of India's sovereignty and integrity. This power is subject to the compliance of procedure.

Responsible Use of Cyber Laws

Cyber laws protect us against cyber threats that cause damage to reputation, finances and security. It’s important to understand these laws and use them responsibly when necessary.

Stay tuned if you want to learn more about cyber laws in India.