The Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act) has various shortcomings and is generally considered to be an outdated law. We focus on four key topics covered by the IT Act i.e. censorship, intermediary liability, surveillance, and cybersecurity to examine these shortcomings in the law. Drawing from our analysis of the academic literature, case law and media reports, along with studying the best practices including learnings from the experience of other countries, we make various recommendations to revise certain provisions of the IT Act. The government has recently proposed to replace it with newer legislation and we hope to contribute to the process of revising the law.
Keywords: Information Technology Act, IT Act, India, Technology, Law, Digital India Act.
Revising the Information Technology Act, 2000, Rishab Bailey, Vrinda Bhandari, Renuka Sane, Karthik Suresh, March 2023.