IT Act Amendment Bill – Publishing Obscene Material Punishable

Lok Sabha has passed the IT Act Ammendment Bill ensuring that publishing and transmitting obscene material in electronic form besides other e-commerce frauds will now be punishable.

The amendment to the existing Information Technology Act, 2000, deals with types of cyber crimes including the publishing of sexually explicit materials in electronic form, breach of confidentiality and leakage of data by e-commerce frauds.

This is an important development, as the earlier act didn’t have any strict provisions for e-commerce fraud which is rising and is often a big hindrance to ecommerce adoption in India.

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