Information security: a legal perspective

Monday, 13 December 2004, 5:55 AM EST

Security is one of the biggest concerns that affects the world today, not only in the actual world but in the context of the electronic format and the information stored therein. There is an increasing emphasis on legal issues concerning information security. India enacted its first cyber law, namely the Information Technology Act, 2000 which came into force on October 17, 2000. A perusal of the preamble of the same clearly shows that this is not a law dedicated to security. However, one of the main objectives of the IT Act, 2000 is to provide legal recognition for “electronic commerce”, which involves the use of alternatives to paper-based methods of communication and storage of information. Security is thus covered in some measure under IT Act, 2000.

By Pavan Duggal at the Financial Express.

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