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MeitY to Consultation Meeting on the Digital India Bill

CIO Insider Team | Thursday, 9 March, 2023
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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) conduct the first stakeholder consultation meeting on the Digital India Bill to replace the 23-year-old Information Technology Act of 2000.

Minister of state for electronics and information technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar will be in Bengaluru today to meet industry representatives, lawyers, intermediaries and consumer groups among others to discuss the principles the proposed law will be based on and invite their inputs.

“The DigitalIndiaAct will be enacted, built & designed with consultation. Be a part of the DigitalIndiaDialogues on DIA4DigitalNagriks,” Chandrasekhar says.

Some of those who have been invited safe harbor provision is the primary enabler of an open Internet and that there is a need to preserve this principle to not just protect free speech but also secure online safety.

According to reports, the state also has a legitimate interest in mandating content blocking if it violates the law of the land.

Other suggestions include reinforcing global best practices in communications such as end-to-end encryption, which are proven to be critical for user safety and privacy; envisaging procedural safeguards on CERT-In powers to align security concerns with user privacy

However, the orders must be based on the rule of law and there are requisite procedural safeguards in this regard.

With rising instances of online gender-based violence, the new law must specifically focus on online safety with guidelines to promote effective grievance redressal and prosecution of perpetrators, some other stakeholders said, adding that criminal liability should be removed from content regulation.

Other suggestions include reinforcing global best practices in communications such as end-to-end encryption, which are proven to be critical for user safety and privacy; envisaging procedural safeguards on CERT-In powers to align security concerns with user privacy; and adopting sustainable co-regulatory models for effective regulation of metaverse and Web 3.0.

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