Cyber Law News

. July 30

Telephone authorities reported to have "raided" a cyber cafe

According to a preliminary report received by, a cyber cafe owner (in Mumbai) has been issued a notice from the telephone department allegedly because it was found during a casual visit by the authorities, that a microphone was found connected to a computer. More details are being sought and will be reported here. Watch this space

July 30

How Vulnerable is the Internet?

A group of young researchers at Notre Dame University in the US have found  that by targetting a few  highly-connected nodes  cyber-terrorists can cause significant damage to the Internet system.

According to their study the average performance of the Internet is reduced by a factor of two if just one per cent of the most connected nodes are destroyed. If  four per cent of the most important nodes are damaged, the Internet becomes fragmented into small disconnected domains - separate sets of information - cut off from each other. 

Read details in Hindustan Times

July 29

Napster gets a temporary reprive

The Napster case took a turn for the better with the appeal court in USA granting a stay on the earlier order of the court which should have brought the Napster service to a close.

July 24

CBI has set up a separate cell to handle Cyber Crimes.

In a seminar at Delhi, CBI has announced measures to train the Police force and prepare itself to tackle the crimes in the digital era. Mr Pramod Mahajan has also reitereated his desire that the Chief Justice of India will take steps to set up a E-Court.

A copy of the presentation made by Naavi recently at Delhi to a group of senior Police officers on the issues before the enforcement authorities in the light of the IT Bill becoming law is also available here for comments from the community.

Copy of Paper presented by Naavi at National Crime Record Bureau on 7th July
Report from Hindustan Times

July 17

Amendments to Company Bill to be harmonised with the ITA-2000
Report from TOI

Super regulatory agency planned for Telecom, IT and Broadcasting.

Report from ITSPACE

July 9

Computer Printouts Accepted by Court as Documentary Proof 

UNI has reported that  a Mumbai court has held that computer print-outs could be considered documentary evidence.

The order was delivered by a designated judge P Kode on July 6 after the Central Bureau of Investigation examined before him an official of the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited to corroborate its charge against cine actor Sanjay Dutt that an international call had allegedly been made from his Bandra residence to Dubai-based Anees Ibrahim, brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

''Preserving records in a computerized manner had been introduced in India recently. Therefore, the court here had to rely upon the British laws to establish its findings. It is also a rare case where an Indian court has relied upon foreign law to give its ruling,'' the judge observed.

On comparing the British law with the Indian law, the court found the word ''document'' in English law applied to the material on which a matter was written or described. On the other hand, in Indian law, it applied to the matter written or described, and not to the material placed on record.

When quizzed, the witness noted that in the local electronic exchanges, records were maintained in magnetic tapes, which automatically recorded the calls received or made from the respective exchanges. ''There is no method to record calls in electronic exchanges,'' he added. 

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