Recently 2 persons in Tamilnadu, were booked under section 66-69 of the I.T Act for spreading false message through Facebook.

1. Section 66, relates to computer related offences. As per this section, if any person, dishonestly or fraudulently sends by means of a computer resource or a communication device, any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character, or any information which he knows is false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience, or deceive or mislead the recipient makes use of such computer resources or a communication device to send such information is punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to 3 years (Section 66A)

2. Section 66 B and 66C, speak about the punishment (3 years with one lakh fine) for receiving and retaining any stolen resource or communication and for misusing electronic signature, password, or any unique identification feature.

3. 66E talks about capturing and transmitting obnoxious figures for public viewing, which will end up with imprisonment for 3 years and fine up to Rs.2 lakhs.

4. People undertaking cybercrime with intent to threaten the unity and integrity of the country and to strike terror in people are punishable for life term imprisonment.

5.Section 67, 67A, 67B, 67C detail the punishment details for various types of cyber crimes.

6. The Supreme Court had repealed section 66A last year if it causes obstruction to free speech. However the government can restrict such free speeches, by issuing an order.

Courtesy: Kerala Former online.com


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