wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

‘No Free Pass for Intermediaries’: MeitY Holds Public Stakeholder Discussion on Proposed IT Rules Amendments

Industry stakeholders and the MeitY continued consultation even as the government doubled down, refusing a “free pass” to any intermediary

‘No free pass for intermediaries,’ appeared to be the general sentiment pervading the first public consultation on the proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021 held yesterday. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) took particular note of unnamed intermediaries that have not fully complied with the IT Rules, 2021, spotlighting their 'refusal' to take action on harmful content on their platforms citing ‘safe harbour’ obligations.  Why it matters: Stakeholders aired their initial questions and concerns with the Rules with the Ministry yesterday. MeitY's responses shed light on its current outlook on all intermediaries operating in India's Information and Technology sector, i.e., they must comply with Indian platform regulation laws. Released on June 6th, the proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021, aim to curb the harms of Big Tech and improve user grievance redressal. In the same breath, they have raised concerns for both users of the Internet and stakeholders across India’s Information and Technology sector. As MediaNama has previously reported, who they apply to remains unclear in the draft. The proposed changes may also spur censorship by intermediaries—including social media companies. A newly formed redressal Committee may result in overt government influence over speech online. In yesterday's meeting, the Ministry repeatedly referred to intermediaries’ non-compliance with the IT Rules—leading to increasing complaints from users on faulty grievance redressal mechanisms. Describing the Rules as ‘part advocacy and part rule-making,' the Ministry added that it hopes the rules will ensure compliance by intermediaries. MeitY stated that the Rules move away…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

I'm interested in stories that explore how countries use the law to govern technology—and what this tells us about how they perceive tech and its impacts on society. To chat, for feedback, or to leave a tip: aarathi@medianama.com

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

Views

News

Studying the 'community' supporting the late Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) shows how Twitter was gamed through organized engagement

News

Do we have an enabling system for the National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) aiming to create a repository of non-personal data?

News

A viewpoint on why the regulation of cryptocurrencies and crypto exchnages under 2019's E-Commerce Rules puts it in a 'grey area'

News

India's IT Rules mandate a GAC to address user 'grievances' , but is re-instatement of content removed by a platform a power it should...

News

There is a need for reconceptualizing personal, non-personal data and the concept of privacy itself for regulators to effectively protect data

You May Also Like

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...

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

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...

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...

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