Pavan Duggal, acknowledged as one of the top four Cyber Lawyers in the world, gave a definition of Cyber law in 1996, which is broadly accepted, as follows: –
Simply speaking, Cyber law is a generic term, which refers to all the legal and regulatory aspects of Internet and the World Wide Web. Anything concerned with or related to or emanating from any legal aspects or issues concerning any activity of netizens and others, in Cyberspace comes within the ambit of Cyber law
Cyberlaw is the area of law that deals with the Internet’s relationship to technological and electronic elements, including computers, software, hardware and information systems (IS). Cyberlaw is also known as Cyber Law or Internet Law.
Techopedia explains Cyberlaw
Cyberlaws prevent or reduce large scale damage from cybercriminal activities by protecting information access, privacy, communications, intellectual property (IP) and freedom of speech related to the use of the Internet, websites, email, computers, cell phones, software and hardware, such as data storage devices.
The increase in Internet traffic has led to a higher proportion of legal issues worldwide. Because cyberlaws vary by jurisdiction and country, enforcement is challenging, and restitution ranges from fines to imprisonment.
Often a question is asked as to why Cyberlaw is important.
Cyberlaw is important because it not only deals with cyberspace but also deal with electronic and mobile ecosystem. Anyone who is using computer, computer resource and communication device that is connected to the Internet is covered by Cyberlaw. This uncontrollable growth of the Internet makes the need for regulation even more badly felt.