While the world is constantly witnessing breakthroughs in the field of technology, internet outreach etc., there’s an immense amount of data that’s unloaded on the internet each passing day. With increased amounts of information and data makes every individual’s online presence vulnerable to cybercrimes and threats; which is why we need to be aware of all the laws laid out by our government that’ll act as a remedy to a human if he/she were to fall victim to these cybercrimes.
1. Tampering with any Computer Source Code Documents or Software – Section 65.
It states that if an individual were to intentionally or knowingly destroys, misuses or conceals any document or software, then he will be punished with either imprisonment up to 3 years or a fine up to Rs. 20,000/-.
2. Hacking a Computer System – Section 66.
If an individual accesses another computer system intentionally in an unauthorized manner to cause harm or wrongful injuries to another human, then this offender will either be punished with imprisonment up to 3 years or a fine up to Rs. 50,000/-.
3. Sending Offensive Messages – Section 66-A.
It was in the year 2008 when this provision was added via an Amendment in the IT Act to prevent users of electronic devices/computers to send false, offensive messages across that may cause an inconvenience or annoyance to the other human, or the public at large. This offence is punishable with either imprisonment or a fine.
4. To Receive a Stolen Device – Section 66-B.
If an individual were to receive an electronic device that he knows is stolen will either face imprisonment of up to 3 years or a fine up to Rs. 1,00,000/-.
5. Identity Theft by Fraudulently Using Someone Else’s Password: Section 66-C.
If an individual dishonestly uses someone else’s password, electronic password or a digital signature, or any other kind of personal identification of another person, the accused shall be imprisonment for up to 3 years or be liable to pay a fine that may extend up to Rs. 1,00,000/-.
6. Breaching Someone Else’s Privacy: Section 66-E.
If a person captures, transmits or publishes private images of another person without his/her consent on a public platform, the offender may face imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of up to Rs. 2,00,000/-.
It’s a shame that we’d never delay posting our holiday pictures on our social media handles, or think twice before sharing our computer/cellphone passwords casually with our friends, but none of us are aware of all these laws that are put forth by our government to ensure our safety and security if anything goes in the wrong direction. Here’s to hoping that being aware of a few of these cyber laws would come handy to you or your loved one someday.