By Sagarika Chandel, KIIT School of Law, Bhubaneswar.
“The modern thief can steal more with a computer than with a gun. Tomorrow’s terrorist may be able to do more damage with a keyboard than a bomb”. -National Research Council, USA “Computers at Risk” (1991)
Internet in India has been ever growing at a fast pace giving rise to opportunities to people in every field- be it education, business, sports or entertainment. Cyber space is now becoming the most preferred environment of the world with an enormous growth rate as the population on the internet doubles roughly every 100 days1. Cyber law being a generic term signifies all the legal and regulatory aspects of the internet and the World Wide Web2. Cyber law, also known as Internet law signifies everything related to computer, internet, network, software, emails, data storage devices (such as hard disks, USBs) and even electronic devices such as mobile phones, ATM machines etc. Anything that concerns or emanates from the legal aspects or issues concerning the activities of ‘netizens’3 in the cyberspace comes within the ambit of cyber law4. (more…)