Rationale behind New Information Technology Rules, 2021

Synopsis: Social media is a direct product of the globalized internet, which connects people all over the globe. It significantly impacts economic, social, and political discourse in a country. Hence, the government formulated new Information Technology Rules, 2021 to regulate them and prevent their misuse. Background: The internet has revolutionized the world, and we are… Continue reading Rationale behind New Information Technology Rules, 2021

“Safe Harbour Protection” for Twitter Withdrawn

What is the News? According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY), Twitter has failed to comply with the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021. This means the “Safe Harbour” Protection under Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act is withdrawn for Twitter. What is “Safe Harbour” Protection under Section 79  of IT Act?… Continue reading “Safe Harbour Protection” for Twitter Withdrawn

G7 accommodates Indian stand on the need for “Internet shutdown”

What is the News? The G7 countries statement on the Internet Shutdown was amended after India objected to the original language criticising “Internet shutdowns”. Internet Shutdowns all over the world: According to a report by digital rights and privacy organisation Access Now, of the total 155 internet shutdowns globally in 2020, India alone accounted for… Continue reading G7 accommodates Indian stand on the need for “Internet shutdown”

Securing privacy and data rights in the age of social audio

Synopsis: Privacy and data rights remain out of focus on social audio.  Introduction The clubhouse is a new social networking app based around audio rooms. It crossed over 2 million Android downloads last month. The main feature of the app is the unique audio medium through which its users interact. This feature makes clubhouse different… Continue reading Securing privacy and data rights in the age of social audio

Protecting human rights in the age of disinformation

Synopsis: Despite the threat of information disorder (spread of disinformation), human rights-friendly governance is both possible and achievable. Introduction  The Supreme Court of India (SC) recently warned against any attempt to curb free speech. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur gave a report on “Disinformation and Freedom of Opinion and Expression”, which is… Continue reading Protecting human rights in the age of disinformation

Traceability Provisions Under the new IT Rules will encroach into User’s Privacy

Synopsis: The significant social media intermediaries (including whatsapp) are unhappy with the traceability provision under the new IT rules. This would end the encryption feature on messaging platforms and would undermine users’ privacy. This calls for reconsidering the concerning provisions of new rules. Background: The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code)… Continue reading Traceability Provisions Under the new IT Rules will encroach into User’s Privacy

Need to Reform the Information Technology Rules, 2021

Synopsis: Though, the Information Technology Rules, 2021 has many positives there are some ambiguities that need to be addressed. What are the positive provisions in the Information Technology Rules, 2021? Positives in the Information Technology Rules, 2021: It mandates duties on social media platforms such as Removal of non-consensual intimate pictures within 24 hours, Publication… Continue reading Need to Reform the Information Technology Rules, 2021

Tussle between Government and Social Media companies

Synopsis: The new IT rules have initiated a tussle between Government and Social Media companies. The government wants compliance while the companies are hesitant to adopt them on the grounds of privacy and freedom. Background: The fault lines are hardening between the government and social media companies over the adoption of the Information Technology (Guidelines… Continue reading Tussle between Government and Social Media companies

New IT Rules for Social Media and its challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 came into force in India. The new IT rules have been framed to address the Social Media, Digital Media, and OTT platforms in a specific manner. The government has released the new IT rules, 2021 in February. The government provided 3… Continue reading New IT Rules for Social Media and its challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Traceability Provision of New IT Rules 2021

What is the News? The Government of India has referred to the 2019 Supreme Court order to justify the introduction of Traceability Provision in the IT (Information Technology) Rules, 2021. The Traceability Provision requires the social media platforms to compulsorily identify the first originator of the information in India, upon government or court order. About the… Continue reading Traceability Provision of New IT Rules 2021