We do know Information Technology Act does exist, when some websites are blocked or when a common man is arrested for his political comments in Facebook or twitter! We do know the hype created by the so-called draconian Section 66A of IT Act.
But it is not the only section to worried about, our many ignorant daily nosey acts could someday land us in soup. Here is the list:
If any person without permission of the owner or any other person who is in charge of a computer, computer system or computer network, —
(a) accesses or secures access to such computer, computer system or computer network;
So that friendly snooping in to friends PC without permission could land you with some penalty .
(b) downloads, copies or extracts any data, computer data base or information from such computer, computer system or computer network including information or data held or stored in any removable storage medium;
So plagiarism and copy-pasting/downloading any data without outright permission is an offence to.
It does not restrict a persons right derived by Copyrights Act, 1957 or the Patents Act, 1970.
(c) introduces or causes to be introduced any computer contaminant or computer virus into any computer, computer system or computer network;
We tend to forward emails which is embedded with Virus, and our ignorance could lead to severe data loss. So be cautious, as ignorance is not pardonable.
(d) damages or causes to be damaged any computer, computer system or computer network, data, computer data base or any other programmes residing in such computer, computer system or computer network;
Our accidental mishandling of someone’s PC or un-installation of a software or a single deletion of cell in a shared workbooks could be penalised.
(e) disrupts or causes disruption of any computer, computer system or computer network;
Your accidental turning off a Wifi modem button could disrupt the work of your colleague which again is a punishable offence.
(f) denies or causes the denial of access to any person authorised to access any computer, computer system or computer network by any means;
Heard of a denial of service attacks in news? How the hacker groups stall the Governmental websites for hours? Well don’t try, if they trace it to your system, you are inside bars!
(g) provides any assistance to any person to facilitate access to a computer, computer system or computer network in contravention of the provisions of this Act, rules or regulations made thereunder;
Lending your friend your PC for the attacks is a crime too! 😀 Beware!
(h) charges the services availed of by a person to the account of another person by tampering with or manipulating any computer, computer system, or computer network;
So hacking in to anyones account, or sending them links which will help you secure access to their data, is also a crime. Even if you are playing a prank on your best friend.
(i) steal, conceals, destroys or alters or causes any person to steal, conceal,destroy or alter any computer source code used for a computer resource with an intention to cause damage;
This is for people who love to develop software cracks and embed them with malware.
he shall be liable to pay damages by way of compensation not exceeding one crore rupees to the person so affected. – consequences of all the above pranks.
These were some of the punitive sections I found. If there are more, please do share. Lets not accidentally breach any law!