‘Data theft’ is considered when there are cases similar to either of the following:
· Unauthorized access of a computer system,
· Unauthorized download or copying of material
· Hacking into unauthorized computer system
· Accessing data stored in a protected system and misusing it.
· Breach of confidentiality and privacy of data by a person
· Under Section 43 of the Information Technology Act, a person can be penalised for damage to a computer, computer system, etc. If proved guilty, the culprit can be liable to pay damages by way of compensation not exceeding one crore rupees to the person so affected.
· Under Section 405 to 409 of the IPC, a person can be penalised for “Criminal Breach of Trust” with a maximum imprisonment of 7 years.
· If a case of data theft arises through hacking or cybercrime, then you can file a criminal or civil complaint in a police station or cyber-cell in the city.
You can read more in our guide about data theft.
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