Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has many aspects and Legal Framework is just one of them. This Legal Framework is taken care of by the Legal Enablement of ICT Systems. This Legal Enablement exercise must cover areas like Cyber Law, E-Governance, E-Commerce, Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, E-Discovery, E-Courts, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), etc.
If these are the essential components of Legal Enablement, we have no Legal Enablement of ICT Systems in India. Readers must not confuse it with lack of Cyber Law in India. Of course, the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act 2000) is the Cyber Law of India.
But IT Act 2000 is more on the side of a collection of “Legal Jargon” than a Law as contemplated by the Constitution of India. With the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008 (IT Act 2008), even this Legal Jargon has become a “Legal Nuisance”. The net effect of the IT Act 2008 was that Indian Cyber Law ceased to be a “Reasonable and Constitutional Law”.
I still remember the time when IT Act 2008 was proposed. I was, perhaps, the “Strongest Opposer” of that Amendment. I believed, and I still believe, that IT Act 2008 was a “Big Mockery” of Fundamental Rights of Indians. The IT Act 2008 shouted loud and clear that our Executive and Indian Government do not believe in the Constitution of India in general and Fundamental Rights in particular.
I was hopeful that my concerns and suggestions would be considered and Government would not proceed further with the IT Act, 2008 Amendments. The moment IT Act 2008 was “Notified”, I lost my Faith and Interest in the Cyber Law of India. This is the main reason why I did not give any Suggestions regarding the same subsequently, especially regarding the recent Rules suggested by Department of Information Technology (DIT).
Now it has been reported that a Clarification on the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2011 under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 has been issued by the Department Of Electronics And Information Technology. At Perry4Law Organisation and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) we believe that these clarifications would not serve much purpose rather they would make the matter even more complicated.
There are many shortcomings of the Indian Cyber Law. In fact, Indian Cyber Law has become an E-Surveillance Instrumentality and it contains many “Unconstitutional Sections” that should not be there at the very first place. However, it does not matter much as Indians are well known for accepting whatever is forced upon them.
Now the only proper course that is left for Indian Government in general and Parliament of India in particular is to “Repeal” the Cyber Law of India and come up with a Decent, Sensible and Constitutional Law. It would be better if we have “Separate Laws” for Cyber Law, Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, E-Governance, E-Commerce, etc. I hope good sense would prevail upon Indian Government and Parliament of India very soon.
Source: ICTPS Blog.