The Information Technology Act, 2000From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia    Information Technology Act, 2000 An Act to pr...
•   1 History of the Act   •   2 Specifics of the Act          o 2.1 Essence of the Act   •   3 The Information Technology...
1.   Legal Recognition of Electronic Documents   2.   Legal Recognition of Digital Signatures   3.   Offenses and Contrave...
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  1. 1. The Information Technology Act, 2000From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Information Technology Act, 2000 An Act to provide legal recognition for transactions carried out by means of electronic data interchange and other means of electronic communication, commonly referred to as "electronic commerce", which involve the use of alternatives to paper-based methods of communication and storage of information, to facilitate electronic filing ofdocuments with the Government agencies and furtherto amend the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Bankers Books Evidence Act, 1891 and the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.Citation Act No 21 of 2000Enacted by Parliament of IndiaDate enacted 9 June 2000Date assented to 9 June 2000Date commenced 17 October 2000 AmendmentsThe Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008The Information Technology Act 2000 (ITA-2000)(IT ACT) is an Act of the IndianParliament (No 21 of 2000) notified on October 17, 2000.Contents[hide]
  2. 2. • 1 History of the Act • 2 Specifics of the Act o 2.1 Essence of the Act • 3 The Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008 o 3.1 Criticism • 4 Notification Of IT Act 2008 • 5 External Links • 6 References • 7 See also • 8 External links[edit] History of the ActThe United Nations General Assembly by resolution A/RES/51/162, dated the 30 January1997 has adopted the Model Law on Electronic Commerce adopted by the UnitedNations Commission on International Trade Law. This is referred to as the UNCITRALModel Law on E-Commerce.Following the UN Resolution India passed the Information Technology Act 2000 in May2000 and notified it for effectiveness on October 17, 2000.The Information technology Act 2000 has been substantially amended through theInformation Technology Amendment Act 2008 which was passed by the two houses ofthe Indian Parliament on December 23, and 24, 2008. It got the Presidential assent onFebruary 5, 2009 and was notified for effectiveness on October 27, 2009.A complete history of how the current version of the Information Technology Act -2008version evolved over a period of time between 1998 to 2009 is available at the referencelink given under external links below.[edit] Specifics of the ActInformation technology Act 2000 consisted of 94 sections segregated into 13 chapters.Four schedules form part of the Act.In the 2008 version of the Act, there are 124 sections (excluding 5 sections that have beenomitted from the earlier version) and 14 chapters. Schedule I and II have been replaced.Schedules III and IV are deleted.[edit] Essence of the ActInformation Technology Act 2000 addressed the following issues:
  3. 3. 1. Legal Recognition of Electronic Documents 2. Legal Recognition of Digital Signatures 3. Offenses and Contraventions 4. Justice Dispensation Systems for CybercrimesITAA 2008 (Information Technology Amendment Act 2008) as the new version ofInformation Technology Act 2000 is often referred has provided additional focus onInformation Security. It has added several new sections on offences including CyberTerrorism and Data Protection.[edit] The Information Technology (Amendment) Act,2008The Government of India has brought major amendments to ITA-2000 in form of theInformation Technology Amendment Act, 2008.A set of Rules relating to Sensitive Personal Information and Reasonable SecurityPractices (mentioned in section 43A of the ITAA, 2008) was released in April 2011.[1][edit] CriticismThe amendment was passed in an eventful Parliamentary session on 23rd of December2008 with no discussion in the House.Some of the cyber law observers have criticized the amendments on the ground of lack oflegal and procedural safeguards to prevent violation of civil liberties of Indians.There have also been appreciation about the amendments from many observers because itaddresses the issue of Cyber Security.Section 69 empowers the Central Government/State Government/ its authorized agencyto intercept, monitor or decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or storedin any computer resource if it is necessary or expedient so to do in the interest of thesovereignty or integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, friendly relationswith foreign States or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of anycognizable offence or for investigation of any offence. They can also secure assistancefrom computer personnel in decrypting data (see mandatory decryption), under penalty ofimprisonment. [2][edit] Notification Of IT Act 2008The Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008 (IT Act 2008) has been passed on23rd December 2008 and received the assent of President of India on 5th February, 2009.The IT Act 2008 has been notified on Oct 27 2009

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