Showing posts with label Social Media Due Diligence In India. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Social Media Due Diligence In India. Show all posts

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cyber Law Trends Of India 2012

The cyber law trends of India 2011 were provided by Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB). This trend covered many techno legal issues that are of tremendous importance to various stakeholders. However, it seems various stakeholders have still not taken issues like cyber law, cyber security, cyber due diligence, e-discovery, social media due diligence, etc seriously.

The year 2012 would be even more challenging for various stakeholders in India and world wide. This is more so for US based companies and websites that are increasingly involved in various conflict of laws issues with India. Some of the issues that may be challenging of various stakeholders in 2012 include legal issues of cyber security, privacy and data protection requirements, cloud computing security and privacy issues, e-surveillance and Internet censorship issues, cyber due diligence requirements, social media due diligence, data privacy laws, online IP violations including copyright violations issues, etc.

The cyber law due diligence in India struck the first blow in the year 2012. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, etc are already facing criminal prosecution under the cyber law of India and other criminal laws. So serious is the situation that the executives of parent companies of these companies have been summoned to personally appear before Indian court.

Further, online copyright violations by US websites are also testing the effectiveness of US laws vis-à-vis foreign IP rights enforcement. Many websites in US are talking advantage of the conflict of laws and hide behind US laws to escape copyright violation liabilities. In fact, the US copyright office is trying to streamline the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 1998 requirements pertaining to DMCA agents so that safe harbour protection cannot be misused by US based websites.

Perry4Law and PTLB believe that the year 2012 would bring many techno legal challenges in the fields like cyber law, cyber security, e-discovery, cyber law due diligence, online IP enforcements, etc. Further, new fields like e-legal due diligence and technological legal due diligence in India would also assume significance. It would be a good idea to formulate suitable policies in this regard by various stakeholders.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Social Media Websites Investigation In India

Social media websites have become ubiquitous these days. Ask any Internet using person or organisations and he/it would tell you about usage of some form of social media websites. Social media is not only helpful in projecting own policies, thoughts and ideas but is also helpful in exploring new ventures and partnerships.

However, abuses of social media are also rampant. Social media is occasionally used for committing various cyber crimes and cyber contraventions. Although we have no dedicated social media laws in India yet the information technology act, 2000 (IT Act 2000), the cyber law of India, carries some provisions in this regard. These provisions have mandated social media due diligence in India for these platforms.

Further the cyber law of India has also prescribed an Internet intermediary liability in India. According to this liability social media websites in India are required to observe due diligence in order to escape civil and criminal sanctions.

The cyber law due diligence in India has now become well established and companies, social media websites and Internet intermediaries cannot take it lightly. However, this has not restrained the cyber criminals to use social media websites for criminal purposes. Even in many cases these social media websites fail to observe due diligence especially when they have actual knowledge of the offending act. This has resulted in an increased prosecution of social media websites in India.

The prosecution of social media websites in India is going to increase tremendously if they keep on ignoring the cyber law of India. Presently, the cyber crimes investigation in India is not upto the mark and this in many cases result in non prosecution of the offenders. With the growth of e-discovery in India and cyber forensics in India more prosecution of social media websites would be witnessed. E-discovery for social media in India is going to increase as the social networking laws in India are pointing towards this direction.

In short, cyber due diligence for Indian companies is increasingly being enforced and social media websites are no exception to this rule. Social media websites investigation in India is going to increase in future and these platforms must be well prepared to deal with this same.

In their own interest, social media websites must not only meet the cyber due diligence requirements but must also ensure e-discovery compliances so that social media websites investigation can be facilitated and they can defend themselves more appropriately in various court cases and quasi judicial forums.