Handbook On Internet Laws

Bearing in mind the revolutionization of information technology and consequently, electronic communication, a basic understanding of regulations and ordinances governing the same becomes crucial. This ‘Handbook on Internet Law in India’ has been written, as the name suggests, to become a standardized handbook which enunciates the various aspects of cyber laws in India, which includes crimes, security, governance, technology, contracts, etc. taking place through the medium of the internet. The aim is to essentially provide a ready reference on all aspects of cyber law in a jargon-free, comprehensive manner.

The author, Mr. Rodney D. Ryder, is a founding partner of Scriboard; a full-service commercial law firm with a specialist practice in Intellectual Property, Information Technology, and media and has been an advisor to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology on the implementation of the primary law governing electronic commerce and cybercrimes in India; the Information Technology Act, 2000. Assisting and aiding him in this venture, Mr. Nikhil Naren, a trainee advocate with Scriboard, has also contributed to this project not only in terms of actual input to the book  but also by assisting and putting together a team of research associates in order to ensure the maximum research and efforts be put into this project to ensure the highest quality.

The key features of this handbook are as summarized:

  1. Provides a comprehensive commentary of the primary law dealing with electronic commerce in India; the Information Technology Act, 2000 as it analyses its various sections and clauses.
  2. An extensive critique of the cyber laws existing in India on various aspects where the authors feel the act lacks and suggestions for improvement of the same with a detailed action plan for implementing them
  3. Provides an extensive and compendious interpretation and analysis of various aspects of cyber law in India
  4. Delves into the legal as well as technological aspects of various innovations as well as threats online
  5. Provides practical advice and other non-theoretical components to aid the readers in a pragmatic manner. An example of this is the ready-to-use questionnaire the book offers to help organizations conduct Information Technology Audits.
  6. Studies the interplay of IT with different laws which include the Indian Copyright Act, the Indian Penal Code, Law of Contracts, etc.
  7. Studies the relatively new and forthcoming innovations such as E-governance, Electronic Evidences, the interaction of artificial intelligence, internet of things and other innovations with the law
  8. Reviews the new laws and amendments proposed by the government with a view to ascertain their impact on prevalent times and further contributing more suggestions for the same
  9. Studies show certain rights and freedoms find their place in this new virtual dimension, such as Right to Privacy, Freedom to Speech and expression, etc.
  10. Enunciates the standard operating procedures for various cyber-crimes and provides practical guidance for users who may have fallen victim to the same.
  11. Conducts a comparative analysis of the cyberlaw in India with other and relatively more evolved jurisdictions such as the US, UK, Singapore, etc.
  12. Illustrates the technical workings of several different legal provisions and innovations with the help of visual elements such as flow charts, graphs, diagrams, etc.

The handbook consists of 15 chapters:

Chapter 1: Internet Security

Chapter 2: Privacy

Chapter 3: Information Technology Act, 2000

Chapter 4: E-Governance

Chapter 5: Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Chapter 6: Digital Brand Management

Chapter 7: Electronic Evidence

Chapter 8: Cyber Crime

Chapter 9: E-Commerce

Chapter 10: Social Media

Chapter 11: Interception/Monitoring of Electronic Communication

Chapter 12: Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace

Chapter 13: New Technologies and Law

Chapter 14: Privacy Policy

Chapter 15: Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

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