New Delhi. In February, some stringent rules were included in the existing IT Act 2000 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), due to which there was a lot of tension between some social media companies and the central government. Was. The courts also intervened in the matter. Now the news is that the government is considering a brand new IT Act, in which the privacy of internet users has been given a lot of attention. Also some modern aspects like bitcoin and dark net can also be included in it.
A senior government official told The Indian Express that when the new laws are implemented, all these rules will be included in it. It also includes grievance redressal and compliance mechanisms and officials. “Our aim is compliance. If there is compliance without litigation, why should it not be done?’ Discussions are going on at a large level in the government regarding the new laws.
According to the report, it is expected that the new Act will also have some provisions that will cover ‘new aspects of technology’ including blockchain, bitcoin and dark net. “The old IT Act 2000 was enacted keeping in mind the general fraud, blocking of websites and illegal content that existed then,” the official said. Now a lot has changed. There is no point in changing the old Act. Instead, we will bring a new law to deal with the present and possible future situation.
The report quoted sources as saying that officials say that the new law talks about stalking, bullying, tampering of photos and other methods such as online sexual harassment. Along with this, clear guidelines have also been given regarding punishment in these cases. “At present, there is no legal definition of online bullying or stalking or any precise penal provision for other forms of online sexual harassment like unsolicited comments, tampering of photos, release of personal photos of someone without their consent,” the official said. Companies are doing this, but it is on a case by case basis. There is a need for a law in the whole of India.
The new IT Act will also increase the responsibility of companies regarding the content being posted on the platform. “The protection provided by Section 79 of the (existing IT Act) is very broad. A social media company cannot claim protection if it does not actively work to remove porn, obscenity or terror or disruptive messages from its platform.
Security may be tighter for children
It is being said that a strict ‘age-gating’ policy can also be included in the new data protection law. Under this, if children sign up on social media websites, then the permission of the parents will be required in this work. Social media companies are also opposing the plan, but officials say the government wants to ensure that children under 18 “feel safe on the Internet.”
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