RETHINKING THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT IN THIS NEW CYBER AGE
We live in a world which brimming with digitization in all sectors. We started with wars when guns and barrels were used, but now at the press of a button an entire country’s power-grid can be blown, or a nuclear system can be hacked. Also, someone sitting with a high technology computer in Panama can cause a cyber attack in the US, or completely rip off the digital transactions happening in any other part of the world. Such is the magnificent scope of the cyber world. One vulnerability in your system, and that is all that an attacker needs. The term cyber has been derived from ‘cybernetics’, that denotes the science of communication and control over man and machine.
The very most important thing that a country needs is a robust law to tackle cyber crimes and crimes related to the Internet. India already has an Information Technology Law and related guidelines and rules, but it seems that it is not strong enough from the practical viewpoint as well as for the crimes that are advancing in this world.
This paper discusses the various shortcoming of the current Information Technology Act, which is the only special act that is passed by the legislation to tackle cybercrimes. Apart from this in my tenure with Maharashtra Cyber, as a chief minister’s fellow, I have also interacted with various officials and mapped out their recommendations for improving the law for practical application, based on the ground difficulties they face. Also, in the end a lot of inspectors and sub-inspectors, those who are actually involved in the field work and investigations have been spoken to, and the papers lists out various recommendations form their side based upon the impediments they face.