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Centre asks social media firms to provide details of compliance with IT Rules 2021; Impact of Non Compliance

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By Aihik Sur and Nikhil Pahwa On the day the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules 2021 came into force, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked significant social media intermediaries (SSMIs) to provide full details of the additional due diligence that they are required to comply within the rules. The authenticity of the letter (a copy of it posted below) has been confirmed to MediaNama by MEITY. In the letter written by Rakesh Maheshwari, group coordinator of the Cyber Law division in MeitY, the ministry has asked for details of compliance to the IT Rules 2021 by the platforms, including details of the Chief compliance officer and contact details Nodal Contact Person and contact details Resident grievance officer and contact details physical contact address The ministry also said that companies that do not consider themselves to be a SSMI, should provide the reasons for the same, and clarified that the Centre can seek any additional information within the Rules and the IT Act. It's not clear which entities MEITY has sent these letters to. Significant Social Media Intermediaries are entities with more than 5 million registered users, and which "primarily or solely enables online interaction between two or more users and allows them to create, upload, share, disseminate, modify or access information using its service." This impacts entities such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, but would also impact B2B messaging services like Slack and video conferencing services like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Impact…

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