Monday, June 22, 2009

Cyber Law Of India And Human Rights

Cyber law of India is incorporated in the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act, 2000). It is a weak piece of legislation that has been further degraded by the proposed Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008 (IT Act, 2008).

The protest against the “draconian” IT Act, 2008 have led in keeping the proposed IT Act, 2008 in infinite abeyance by the government of India (GOI). Till now the amendments have not been notified by the GOI making them useless and redundant.

The primary reason why such amendments were rejected by the GOI itself seems to be that it is violative of basic Human Rights and Fundamental Rights enshrined under the Constitution of India. The GOI cannot afford to take the blame of imposing a draconian law upon Indian citizens against their wishes.

However, there are some cyber law observers who have in fact supported these amendments. Even we can assume that there can be a “misuse of legislative power” by the GOI to push this draconian law in future.

Praveen Dalal, the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India and Managing Partner of Perry4Law, has started a very good initiative titled “Human Rights Protection In Cyberspace”. This is a good place to keep a tack of those laws that violated the valuable “Civil Liberties” of Indian citizens.

All cyber law observers and Human Rights activists must give a look at it and strengthen this unique and exclusive initiative in India.


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