Privacy and the Information Technology Act in India

37 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2011 Last revised: 11 Mar 2014

Date Written: April 5, 2011


This paper evaluates the Information Technology Act, 2000 as a tool to preserve our privacy. It begins with an analysis of the various provisions under the Act that could be used to resist intrusion either by the state or private parties. It then goes on to provide a hands on guide on how to use the IT Act as a tool to protect our privacy, and what kind of remedies one may expect.

This paper was written for Privacy India as a part of an ongoing research project funded by Privacy International and IDRC, Canada.

Keywords: Privacy, India, IT Act, data protection, remedies, information, cyber crime, hacking, phishing, intermediary liability, wiretapping, surveillance

Suggested Citation

Iyengar, Prashant, Privacy and the Information Technology Act in India (April 5, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Prashant Iyengar (Contact Author)

MESAAS, Columbia University ( email )

New York, NY 10027
United States

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