Pavan Duggal

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Pavan Duggal[1] is an advocate specialized in the field of Cyberlaw, E-Commerce law. He is also a member of NOMCOM Committee on Multilingual Internet Names Consortium(MINC).[2] Pavan's was for some time a recognized face as an English newsreader with the Indian state run television network Doordarshan. Pavan Duggal[3] was the Conference Director[4] of the International Conference on Cyberlaw & Cybercrime[5] organized by Cyberlaws.Net.[6]

Pavan Duggal is an advocate specialized in the field of Cyberlaw, E-Commerce law.


He graduated from St.Stephen's College, Delhi in History Hons and LLB from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.


He has been a member of number of committees namely:

  • Permanent Monitoring Panel (PMP) on Information Security, established by World Federation of Scientists [7]
  • The ICANN Nominating Committee representing the Asia Pacific region, 2003 and 2004.[8]
  • Membership Advisory Committee of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).[9]


In the light of recent hacking of the website of the Indian Space Agency’s commercial arm, Antrix Corporation and government’s Digital India programme, cyber law expert and advocate Supreme Court of India, Pavan Duggal stated that “a dedicated cyber security legislation as a key requirement for India. It is not sufficient to merely put cyber security as a part of the IT Act. We have to see cyber security not only from the sectoral perspective, but also from the national perspective.”[10]

Duggal has commented on what needs to be done to curb the menace of Internet misuse in India, given the fact that there have been only 7 convictions in cybercrime cases, ever since the launch of internet services in India, 18 years ago.[11]

He has commented that the Indian Cyberlaw is miles behind the realities of Social media[12] and there is a need to amend the Information Technology Act 2000 to put it in sync with the requirements of times.[13] Pavan has pointed out to numerous legal policy and regulatory issues concerning Bitcoins including their legalities and the difficulties in enforcing them in the legal jurisdiction, apart from challenges pertaining to the choices of jurisdictions in the event of dispute pertaining to payments made by Bitcoins[14] Pavan was the scholar to raise the concerns regarding draconian powers in Indian Cyberlaw at the time of passing its Cyberlaw in the year 2000.[15] He has commented that the Government’s move to amend the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000 is not enough.[16] In his critique of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Duggal has opined that the language and scope of legal terms used under Section 66A are very wide and capable of distinctive varied interpretations. Seen from another angle, the section can be effectively used as a tool for gagging legitimate free online speech.[17] He has opined that by making the Superintendent of Police or an officer above to register cases under Section 66A[18] of the Information Technology Act 2000 is like fixing a leaking roof with band aid.[19]

Pavan's Blog[edit]

In his blog entitled “Cyber Laws in Today’s Times[20]” at The Economic Times,[21] Pavan has written on different aspects and issues pertaining to Cyberlaw including, Rise of digital India-begining(sic) of a new dawn,[22] 15 cyberlaw learnings for India post Vodafone disclosure report,[23] Resurgent India's Proposed Cyber and IT Policies,[24] Cyberlaw Jurisprudence in Today's Changing World,[25] Googlization of Indian Election Process and Legal Challenges,[26] Cyber Law Global Trends in 2014,[27] Important Cyber Law Trends in India - 2014,[28] Indian Cyber Law Developments 2013,[29] International Cyberlaw 2013: Some Highlights,[30] Online predators and Indian Cyberlaw,[31] Year 2012 and Section 66A of Indian Cyberlaw[32]


Pavan[33] is a columnist at Financial Chronicle[34] and has written various columns on different aspects and issues pertaining to Cyberlaw including, Are networking netizens safe?,[35] Legal challenges in cyber world,[36] 2008: Year of cyber terrorism,[37] Wake-up call for Indian BPOs,[38] Regulate hidden cameras,[39] Hidden camera and law,[40] Who checked my email?,[41] Cyberlaw without a sting,[42] Caught in the,[43] Login codes for bloggers’ park,[44] E-legalities are here to stay,[45] Internet has no alternative[46]


He has written several books/eBooks on various diverse and complex aspects concerning the legalities of policy related issues impacting cyberspace, Internet and the World Wide Web. He has authored India’s first mobile law treatise, which focuses on litigation and jurisprudence vis-à-vis mobile communication devices.[47]

  • Cyberlaw - The Indian Perspective[48]
  • Law of Business Process Outsourcing[49]
  • Mobile Law – 1st Edition[50]
  • Mobile Law – 2nd Edition[50] Mobile Privacy & Law,[51]
  • Cyber Legal Regime In India[52]
  • Cyber Terrorism In Mobile Ecosystem[52]
  • Indian Digital Law – 12 Years Of Experience[52]
  • Mobile Misuse And The Law[52]
  • Telecom Service Providers & Legal Liability[52]
  • Cyber Frauds Cybercrimes & Law In India[52]
  • Mobile Crime & Mobile Law[53]
  • Mobile Apps & Mobile Law[53]
  • Mobile Banking & Mobile Law[52]
  • Mobile Law & Social Media In India[52]
  • Mobile Payments & Mobile Law[52]
  • Authentication In Mobility – A Legal Viewpoint[52]
  • Child Protection In Mobile Paradigm[52]
  • Confidential Information On Mobiles – Some Legal Issues[52]
  • Crimes In Mobile Ecosystem – A Legal Outlook[52]
  • Law Relating To Sensitive Personal Information In India[52]
  • Mobile Law- An International Outlook[52]
  • Mobile Law In India[53]
  • In Domains And The Law[53]
  • Law Of Contracts & Use Of Mobile Devices[52]
  • Law of Intermediaries in India[52]
  • Intellectual Property Rights In Mobile Ecosystem[52]
  • Law Relating to iPads, tablets, Smart phones & Smart Devices[54]
  • Cyber Crimes and Regulation[52]
  • Appification of Society And The Law[52]
  • BYOD And The Law[52]
  • Cloud Computing Legal Issues[52]
  • Textbook on Cyber Laws[55]
  • Legal Framework on Electronic Commerce & IPR in Cyberspace[56]
  • Cyberlaw for Indira Gandhi National Open University[57]
  • Whatsapp Law[52]
  • Internet Of Things & Law[52]
  • Exploring Intellectual Property Rights In Cyberspace[52]
  • TRIPs & Intellectual Property Rights In India[52]
  • Cyberlaw, Free Speech & Privacy[52]
  • Electronic Commerce & Cyberlaw - Some Facets[52]
  • Electronic Commerce - Some Online Legalities[52]
  • Outsourcing Contracts - Some Insights[52]
  • Electronic Evidence Law In India- An Overview[52]
  • Indian National Cyber Security Policy-A Legal Analysis[52]
  • Whatsapp & Indian Cyberlaw[52]
  • 3D Printing and The Law[52]
  • Judicial and Practical Approaches To Electronic Evidence Law In India[52]
  • Social Media & Mobile Law - Some Emerging Challenges[52]
  • Wearable Tech & Law[52]
  • Electronic Interception Law in India[52]
  • Darknet & Law[52]
  • The Quest for Cyber Confidence, ITU[58]
  • Law Relating To Sensitive Personal Information In India[52]
  • Supreme Court On Indian Cyberlaw[52]
  • Cyber Security Law[52]
  • Cyber Security Law- The China Approach[52]
  • Cyber Radicalization & Cyberlaw[52]
  • Russian Data Localization Law & Cyber Security[52]
  • As Cyber Security Law Develops[52]
  • Darknet, Anonymity & Law[52]
  • Law of Intermediaries[59]
  • Blockchain Contracts & Cyberlaw[52]
  • Anti-Terrorism Law – Approach In China[52]


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