Cyber Crime

The Information Technology Act, 2000 (also known as ITA-2000, or the IT Act) is an Act of the Indian Parliament (No 21 of 2000) notified on 17 October 2000. It is the primary law in India dealing with cyber crime and electronic commerce.

Cyberslaw can be defined as an intricate environment that involves interactions between people, software, and services. It is maintained by the worldwide distribution of information and communication technology devices and networks


Enacted by

Date enacted

Date assented to

Date signed

Date commenced


Parliament of India

9 June 2000

9 June 2000

9 May 2000

17 October 2000

IT (Amendment) Act 2008

A major amendment was made in 2008. It introduced the Section 66A which penalized sending of “offensive messages”. It also introduced the Section 69, which gave authorities the power of “interception or monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource”. It also introduced for child porn, cyber terrorism and voyeurism. It was passed on 22 December 2008 without any debate in Lok Sabha. The next day it was passed by the Rajya Sabha. It was signed by the then President (Pratibha Patil) on 5 February 2009.

While the U.S. government has declared October as the National Cybersecurity Awareness month, India is following the trend to implement some stringent awareness scheme for the general public.

The general public is partially aware of the crimes related to virus transfer. However, they are unaware of the bigger picture of the threats that could affect their cyber-lives. There is a huge lack of knowledge on e-commerce and online banking cyber-crimes among most of the internet users.

List of Sections of IT Act 2000.

Section 65

Section 66

Section 66B

Section 66C

Section 66D

Section 66E

Section 66F

Section 67

Section 67A

Section 67B

Section 67C

Section 68

Section 69

Section 70

Section 71

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