The History And Future Of Cyber Law Of IndiaFebruary 20th, 2009 - 12:23 pm ICT by VKS
There are lot of Problems through which the present Cyber Law of India is passing through. A good account of the same can be found at this nice piece of work. The problem still remains the same. In India we don’t have a dedicated resource that is taking care of Techno-Legal Laws of India in a holistic manner. Of course, we have a Cyber Law Database of India. We also have a Techno-Legal ICT Regulations Database in India. These two resources are tracing back the history of cyber law in India. However, we need a resource that can trace both history of cyber law in India as well as its current position and the prospective future of the same. The task is very difficult but it has been successfully achieved by Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law. He has successfully come out with a “Dedicated Resource” on cyber law in India. The same is titled “Legal Enablement Of ICT Systems in India” and is the exclusive, most comprehensive and holistic web resource in India dealing with Techno-Legal ICT Laws and Regulations in India.
All the cyber law observers can now access information about cyber law in India and the changes that are proposed or actually made from time to time. The resource is very futuristic and promising in nature and it would be good idea if the Government of India (GOI) consults the same while making, amending or reformulating techno-legal laws in India.
One of the important aspects of this resource is that it is the exclusive resource that is providing a “Constitutional Analysis” of the present as well as proposed techno-legal laws in India. Therefore all of the “Civil Liberty Crusaders” keep a close eye upon this resource for issues like Privacy Rights, Life and Liberty, Right to Speech and Expressions, etc. For instance, surveillance has become a controversial issue since the Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2008 (Bill, 2008) has been proposed. Surprisingly some people are justifying these wide and unregulated powers as justified under the garb of security that does not exists at all in India. There is only one answer to the pro surveillance argument and it is a Benjamin Franklin quote: Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. E-Surveillance should not be a substitute for cyber security and cyber forensics capabilities. Privacy Rights must be respected and followed in both letter and spirit in India. He Bill, 2008 has seriously compromised these Fundamental Rights. So friends, wake up and be a vigilant and legally aware citizens. We will keep on spreading the “Cyber Law Awareness” in India so that we may have an informed citizenry.