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The IT (Amendment) Act 2008 Guide: Mapping India’s infosec revolution

The journey of India’s Information Technology legislation has been fraught with apathy, ambiguity and lack of enforcement. However, now and then, things look up. The past decade has seen IT Act 2000 come into force, which was amended in 2008 with the IT (Amendment) Act of 2008. These developments finally culminated in the IT Rules 2011.

IT (Amendment) Act 2008 found acceptance in the Parliament following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in late 2008. The Government used IT (Amendment) Act 2008 as a springboard to push what many perceive to be powers prone to misuse, as the result of a lack of clarity and accountability.

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In this light, the Indian industry is unanimous in its agreement that the Government of India’s IT rules notifications of April 2011 dispel a considerable about of ambiguity that surrounds the IT (Amendment) Act of 2008. However, the IT Rules 2011 have since failed to make much headway. While core issues like accountability and liability have been addressed, the actual timeframe of when these rules will translate into action within the Indian security eco-system remains to be seen. Our guide has put together several resources that chart the timeline and issues around the IT law in the country, to date.


In this guide:

IT (Amendment) Act 2008 and the cost to the Indian enterprise

IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 puts information security market on toes

IT (Amendment) Act 2008;  compliance guidelines for Indian enterprises

IT (Amendment) Act 2008; has it created a new audit domain?

Decrypt IT Rules 2011's effect on your organization

Indian IT Rules 2011: Upbeat industry awaits more clarity, precedent


IT (Amendment) Act 2008 and the cost to the Indian enterprise

The Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 came into effect from October 27, 2009. Ever since this landmark bill was amended by the Indian parliament, controversy has raged over the ambiguity of some (if not all) of the provisions. With its predecessor, the IT Act 2000, the government had statutory powers to intercept information, but not the power to monitor and decrypt information. The provisions under the amended act have changed that. We look at how the IT (Amendment) Act 2008 affects the Indian enterprise.

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IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 puts information security market on toes 

The IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 is expected to create numerous new opportunities within the Infosec market, with the creation of new audit and compliance domains. While the organizational response to this development has been mixed, we asked the infosec vendor and consultant communities for its take on this development to learn what it means for privacy and information security in India.

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IT (Amendment) Act 2008;  compliance guidelines for Indian enterprises

The Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 is regarded as a significant step in the direction of strengthening the country’s information security ecosystem. Although awareness is increasing, organizations are still unaware of the compliance requirements of the IT (Amendment) Act 2008 and how to fulfill them. We look at the various steps involved in order to adhere to the IT (Amendment) Act 2008’s stipulations.

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IT (Amendment) Act 2008; has it created a new audit domain? 

The Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 is another in a long list of compliances that organizations in India must now adhere to. The IT (Amendment) Act 2008 is expected to create the need for a robust audit environment to ensure compliance. Here’s a look at the new audit domain that Indian organizations will now have to take note of in order to remain compliant.

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Decrypt IT Rules 2011's effect on your organization 

The Government of India has recently notified rules under the Information Technology IT (Amendment) Act 2008. Collectively called the IT Rules 2011, this move seems to have set wheels in motion for what is poised to be the biggest move in the country’s IT legislation history. Here's a demystification of the legalese that surrounds the stipulations under the rules, and its implications for your organization.

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Indian IT Rules 2011: Upbeat industry awaits more clarity, precedent 

In the months following the notification of the Indian IT Rules 2011 by the Government of India, confusion reigns. The response to these rules so far has been lackluster, despite the initial hue and cry. With the general lack of awareness as the backdrop, SearchSecurity.in spoke to the industry at large to gain their perspective of the challenges faced by India Inc under the IT Rules 2011.

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This was first published in October 2011