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Information Technology Act, 2000 is Act 21 of 2000

[9th June, 2000.]

An Act to provide legal recognition for transactions carried out by means of electronic data interchange and other means of electronic communication, commonly referred to as "electronic commerce", which involve the use of alternatives to paper-based meth ds of communication and storage of information, to facilitate electronic filing of documents with the Government agencies and further to amend the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Bankers' Books Evidence Act, 1891 and the Reserve Ban of India Act, 1934 and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

WHEREAS the General Assembly of the United Nations by resolution A/RES/51/162, dated the 30th January, 1997 has adopted the Model Law on Electronic Commerce adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law;

AND WHEREAS the said resolution recommends inter alia that all States give favourable consideration to the said Model Law when they enact or revise their laws, in view of the need for uniformity of the law applicable to alternatives to paper-based method of communication and storage of information;

AND WHEREAS it is considered necessary to give effect to the said resolution and to promote efficient delivery of Government services by means of reliable electronic records.

Chapter I: Preliminary

  • Section 1: Short title, extent and commencement
  • Section 2: Definitions
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  • Section 69: Directions of Controller to a subscriber to extend facilities to decrypt information
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Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Laws

  • Shreya Singhal v Union of India, Criminal / Civil Original Jurisdiction, Writ Petition (Civil) No 167 OF 2012, Supreme Court of India judgement dated March 24, 2015 that struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000

Related Indian Acts

Related International Acts

  • UK: British Computer Misuse Act, 1990
  • Singapore: Singapore Computer Misuse Act, 1993
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Computer Crimes Act, 1997