wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Asia Internet Coalition raises user privacy and free speech concerns over draft Intermediary Guidelines

Jeff Paine, Managing Director of Asia Internet Coalition, has released an open statement (pdf) regarding India’s current proposed intermediary liability guidelines, expressing deep concern regarding users’ privacy and free speech.

AIC’s statement to MeitY states that the current draft rules “fall short of India’s legal precedents and laws around privacy and free speech.”

It adds that, “While Internet intermediaries fully support addressing issues like malicious misinformation, we strongly feel that blanket regulation that is overly broad and contains vague and ambiguous language will jeopardise citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy and free speech.”

It urges the government and policy makers to take a ‘long-term view and avoid reactive regulation.. To ensure that Indian consumers and small businesses benefit from global digital opportunities.’

The AIC is an association whose current members are AirBnB, Amazon, Apple, Expedia Group, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, LINE, Rakuten, Twitter, Booking.com and Yahoo (Oath). The group has also submitted its response (pdf) to MeitY’s Draft of “The Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment)] Rules 2018 (Draft Rules).

From its submission, the association concludes that “.. any legislation that regulates intermediaries ought to take cognizance of the prevailing procedure established by law, judicial precedents, and global practices. The Draft Rules, to a large extent, disregard several principles upheld by the SC and the provisions of its parent legislation, the IT Act. To ensure that companies in the Indian market enhance the services offered to users, any regulation affecting the privacy of users and their rights to exercise their freedom of speech on such platforms cannot be shadowed by additional, onerous obligations on intermediaries.. ”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

New rules encourage censorship and surveillance: Mozilla, Wikimedia, Github

AIC’s statement comes on the same day as 3 internet companies Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the now Microsoft-owned GitHub wrote an open letter to RS Prasad, the Union Minister of Electronics and IT. In their letter, the companies said that the current proposal “takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the internet from an open platform for creation, collaboration, access to knowledge, and innovation to a tool of automated censorship and surveillance of its users.”

Amongst these three companies, Mozilla has also previously called these draft rules blunt and disproportionate raising concerns about “over censorship and chilling free expression.” Amba Kak, public policy advisor at Mozilla, said that the proposed law disproportionately weakened the present intermediary liability protections. “Any regulatory intervention on this complex issue must be preceded by a wide ranging and participatory consultation process,” she said in the statement.

https://www.medianama.com/2019/01/223-meity-it-rules-public-comments/

Our Intermediary Liability coverage here.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

I'm a MediaNama alumna from 2015-16 (remember TinyOwl?) now back to cover e-services like food and grocery delivery, app based transport and policies, platforms and media in India.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.

News

In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...

News

By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...

News

By Stella Joseph, Prakhil Mishra, and Yash Desai The Government of India circulated proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 (“E-Commerce Rules”) which...

News

By Rahul Rai and Shruti Aji Murali A little less than a year since their release, the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020 is being amended....

You May Also Like

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ