Cyber law is the part of the overall legal system that deals with the Internet, cyberspace, and their respective legal issues. Cyber law covers a fairly broad area, encompassing several subtopics including freedom of expression, access to and usage of the Internet, and online privacy. Generically, cyber law has been referred to as the Law of the Internet.
Why are cyber laws needed?
Just like any law, a cyber law is created to help protect people and organizations on the Internet from malicious people on the Internet and help maintain order. If someone breaks a cyber law or rule, it allows another person or organization to take action against that person or have them sentenced to a punishment.
- See our computer crime term for an example of crimes cyber laws help prevent.
What happens if you break a cyber law?
There are different forms of punishment depending on the type of cyber law you broke, who you offended, where you broke the law, and where you live. In many situations breaking the rules on a website will result in your account becoming suspended or banned and your IP addressed blocked. To determine the consequences of your action for minor offenses we recommend reviewing the companies terms of service or rules.
If you've committed a more serious offense such as hacking, attacking another person or website, or causing another person or company distress additional action may be possible depending on your local cyber laws.