Cyber Crimes Under The Law Of India

Computer crimes in India are punishable under the Information Technology Act 2000 of June 9, 2000 (the “ITA.”) The ITA is aimed at curbing cyber crimes and also at providing a legal framework for e-commerce transactions. The ITA notably sets out a few types of criminal offences most of which involve the unauthorized use of computers, namely: tampering with computer source documents and hacking.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the scope of the ITA?
What offenses are punishable under the ITA?
What punishments apply to these crimes?
What are the police investigative powers for these crimes?


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