India: India's cyber crimes
While attempting to understand the provisions of the Indian Information Technology Act 2000, it is important to remember that the legislation is, first and foremost, electronic commerce legislation. When the very first draft version was prepared it was called the Electronic Commerce Bill, in keeping with the prime objectives and duly referring to the Ministry of Commerce, from where it came. With the subsequent creation of the Ministry of Information Technology, the draft Bill was re-christened with the rather generic title of the Indian Information Technology Bill. The raison d'etre was the same - 'functional equivalence' that electronic records and transactions would be accorded an equal weight in evidence law as traditional paper records.
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