INDIAN CYBERLAW

The law of the land, is very clear that ignorance of law is no excuse in the eyes of law.

Thus, as you go forward in the use of your computer systems, computer networks, mobile phones, smart phones as also any data and information in electronic form, it is very imperative that you must not do any of the below listed activities. The said list may  not be comprehensive but only seeks to sensitize you about the potential activities that are barred under the law and punishable with imprisonment and fine.

Some of the activities that you should not do are the following:

  • Do not use any other person’s password or username as the same is an offence.
  • Do not access or secure access to somebody else’s computer, computer system or mobile phone without the permission of the owner as the same is an offence.
  • Do not copy, download or extract any data or information from any computer, computer system or mobile phone without permission of the owner as the same is an offence.
  • Do not disrupt or cause disruption of any computer, computer system or mobile phone as the same is an offence.
  • Do not misuse the credit card account of another person by tampering or manipulating any computer, computer system or computer network as the same is an offence.
  • Do not destroy, delete or alter any information in a computer without the permission of the owner as the same is an offence.
  • Do not send e-mail or SMS from a computer or mobile, which is grossly offensive or has menacing character, as the same is an offence.
  • Do not steal, receive, deal with or retain any stolen computer, laptop or mobile phone knowing that the same is  stolen, as the same is an offence
  • Do not engage in identity theft as the same is an offence.
  • Do not cheat by personating and using a computer system as the same is an offence.
  • Do not publish or transmit any material in electronic form which contains sexually explicit act or conduct as the same is an offence
  • Do not publish, transmit, browse, create or collect child pornography as the same is an offence.
  • Do not engage in morphing of images as the same is an offence.
  • Do not violate the copyright and intellectual property rights of others.
  • Do not host, display, upload, modify, publish or transmit or update or share or deal with any information that is harassing.
  • Do not host, display, upload, modify, publish or transmit or update or share any information which is defamatory or which tends to defame any person.
  • Do not host, display, upload, modify, publish or transmit or update or share any information that is obscene.
  • Do not host, display, upload, modify, publish or transmit or update or share any information that is invasive of another’s privacy.
  • Do not host, display, upload, modify, publish or transmit or update or share any information that is hateful.
  • Do not host, display, upload, modify, publish or transmit or update or share any information which is racially, ethnically objectionable.

The aforesaid are some of the list of points that I would want you to keep in mind.

Cyberlaw is a constantly evolving discipline and will keep on evolving. As a school student, you need to be aware of the aforesaid. You also need to be aware that if you are not careful in your online activities or activities in the electronic mobile ecosystem, you could potentially be in big trouble not only individually but also potentially put your parents and family in trouble and cause them disregard and disrepute. Further, your illegal activities could bring your school a bad name, apart from unintended legal consequences.

Please consider your activities in electronic format, whether it is using computers or mobile, as important activities which should not be done recklessly, carelessly but should be done after due application of mind and after ensuring that you have taken your diligence before you go and publish anything in the electronic format.

Cyberlaw as a discipline, has a message for all of you. Please be secure and make sure that your school and your parents feel secure and are proud of your activities in the online environment .Please do not do any act which can put you, your family and your academic institution to shame.