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Govt releases draft of IT act 2018

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The ministry of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has released draft Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines [Amendment] Rule 2018.

The critical provisions of these draft rules are: Social media platforms are required to end the full encryption procedure and get rid of any “unlawful content” for the sake of the country’s protection. The draft guidelines outline intermediary as any platform that has more than 50 lakh people in India or is in the list of middleman as notified by the government. Social media platforms this sort of as Whatsapp, Fb, Instagram and some others tumble below the definition of intermediary. Anytime the government problems an get, inside “72 hrs of communication”, facts or help concerning “security or cybersecurity” ought to be supplied. The social media platforms are also needed to trace out the originator of info on its platform as may well be demanded by the federal government agencies if the authorised functionaries demand so. The authorities can request the information about “unlawful acts” from the intermediaries by “court order” or by being notified by the government itself and the parameter to judge illegal functions would be Posting 19(2) of the Constitution, which place restrictions on freedom of speech and expression. The intermediaries are also needed to deploy technological innovation based automatic equipment or proper mechanisms, with appropriate controls, for proactively identifying or taking away or disabling access to illegal information or content material.

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