Cyber Law or Internet law is a term that encapsulates the legal issues related to use of the Internet. It is less a distinct field of law than intellectual property or contract law, as it is a domain covering many areas of law and regulation.
Cyber Law is vital because it touches almost all aspects of transactions and behavior on and concerning the Internet, the World Wide Web and Cyberspace. Primarily it may seem that Cyber laws are a very technical field and that it does not have any attitude to most activities in Cyberspace.
Cyber crimes can involve criminal activities that are traditional in nature, such as theft, fraud, forgery, defamation, and mischief, all of which are subject to the Indian Penal Code. The abuse of computers has also given birth to a gamut of new age crimes that are addressed by the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The Information Technology Act, 2000 is an Act of the Indian Parliament (No 21 of 2000) notified on 17 October 2000. It is the primary law in India dealing with cyber crime and electronic commerce. Later The IT Amendment Act has been passed by the Indian Parliament in October 2008 and came into force a year later.