Cyber Law Books: A Review of Pavan Duggal’s Book


 The latest cyber law book by Pavan Duggal is titled ‘Cyber Law-The Indian Perspective.’ Mr. Pavan Duggal is a highly respected, well known Supreme Court advocate, with tremendous expertise in the field of cyber law and e-commerce law.  Mr. Duggal is the president of India’s first ever cyber law consultancy, He also heads the Cyberlaw Asia. This eminent author is also associated with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology on legal issues pertaining to electronic governance and cyber law.  

Cyber Law Books: Important Topics Covered in the Book

The book authored by Pavan Duggal provides a comprehensive synopsis of present cyber law scenario in India.  Reviewers have termed the cyber law book as giving readers ‘value for money.’  It is easy to understand because the author has presented cyber law concepts in a very simple and free flowing language. The book consists of 36 chapters and covers the following areas in detail:
  • A detailed analysis of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
  • The recent cyber crimes cases in India.
  • Need for taking the required measures.
  • Emerging cyber law practices.  
  • Issues pertaining to terrorism and cyber offences. 
  • Cyber theft and the provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. 
  • Issues of cyber harassment and spamming.
  • Cyber frauds, Indian consumers and cyberspace. 
  • E-courts for India and Public interest litigations on internet. 
The cyber law book recommends various methods for up gradation of the legislations on cyber space. The book exemplifies these developments with respect to actual cases of cyber crimes commissioned in India. 

Cyber Law Books: Analytical Perspective of the IT Act, 2000

The book analyses the stipulations of the Information and Technology Act, 2000 with respect to the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Banker’s Book Evidence Act, 1891 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.Apart from highlighting several positive aspects of the IT Act, the book also provides legal infrastructure for e-commerce transactions. Further, it provides business opportunities for digital certificate businesses and makes a way for e-government transactions. 
The book also highlights the grey areas in cyber legislation, such as:
  • Tricky situation due to international jurisdiction. 
  • No legal recognition of digital cash.
  • Issues of domain names, trademarks, privacy and taxation are not dealt.
  • Certain cyber offences, such as chat room abuses and cyber stalking is not covered under the Act.
Interestingly, this book illustrates cyber law cases that indicate the ignorance of police officials. In particular, the book mentions a case where computer monitors were taken into custody by police officials, who thought these were the actual computers. The author, through this book, presses urgently for the need to train police officials to tackle cyber offences with better awareness and knowledge. 

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