Cyber security laws are new and upcoming in the 21st century and are slowly becoming a necessity. Recognizing the importance of this newly researched upon field, the Thursday Activity in the college was dedicated to a session on the “Contours of Cyber Law in the Indian Context” by Professor Shashi K. Sharma, faculty at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy. The session began by covering the key points of the days highlight; the Supreme Court judgment recognizing Right To Privacy as a fundamental right under Article 21 and how the rising usage of internet infringes this right. Furthermore, Prof. Sharma talked about how technology and law are participants of an unending race due to the rapid changes in the cyberspace.
During the course of the lecture, Prof. Sharma refers to cyber crimes as “bloodless crimes, where there is no physical injury but a lot of damage”; he continues by touching upon the various aspects of the growing importance of strong cyber laws because of the various e-governance schemes and e-commerce schemes that are common in our age. The topic of Aadhaar and the protection of the personal information of citizens linked to the cards was also discussed in great detail. Prof. Sharma concluded the session by explaining the Information Technology Act 2000 which is the primary law of India that deals with cybercrime and electronic commerce alongside its amendments and the procedure for filing cyber crime cases. All in all, the lecture was an extremely enriching experience for the students.
The article was prepared by Akanksha Duvedi of the 1st Year.