The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is set to amend the IT Rules 2021 as the ecosystem grows, Minister of State for IT Rajiv Chandrasekhar said in an open house discussion about the draft IT intermediary rules on June 23.
He said that “openness, security and trust, accountability, and full compliance with the Indian Constitution and legal requirements are the four boundary criteria” for policy and rule making on the Internet.
Over 100 people participated in the open house consultation on the rules, including executives from META, industry bodies like NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM and Broadband India Forum and cyber security experts like Pawan Duggal and Anuj Agarwal.
“I have always said that these are going to evolve continuously in consultation with the stakeholders involved. So even if we agree that today there will be an Appellate Tribunal model for the Appellate Committee model, there is nothing that says that We will not be able to turn it into a self-regulatory or self-regulated mechanism in a year down the road. Six months,” the minister said.
On June 6, MeitY posted a new draft notification, seeking feedback from intermediary (social media) companies on changes in Part I and II of the IT Rules, 2021, and whether to enter into an agreement with the authority to reverse these. More than one appellate committee should be set up. Content moderation decisions of companies.
According to Chandrasekhar, companies should not use the increased compliance cost as an excuse to break the law, who also said that complying with the standards will always be more expensive.
However, the minister said: “At this stage, we will go ahead with the appellate committee. But I make a sincere commitment to you that if you come back with a self-regulatory framework that works and that requires transparency and accountability If you live up to the test, we are very happy the time you are ready with a framework like this.”
However, during the discussion several stakeholders objected to the ministry’s proposal that social media mediators notice and resolve user complaints within 72 hours, while others recommended that the ministry should make it clear that the grievances appeal panel how will work
Therefore, addressing concerns related to social media, the minister said: “The government has no interest in creating multiple layers of dispute resolution…
“You cannot just appoint a Grievance Officer and say ‘I am done with my responsibility all along’. The responsibility/responsibility lies with the Grievance Officer to deal with the complaint in a fair and equitable manner.
— Rajeev Chandrashekhar (@Rajiv_GoI) 24 June 2022
Meanwhile, some participants in the consultation conference recommended the government to replace the more comprehensive IT Act.
In response, Chandrasekhar said: “Where we are today is in my opinion a mezzanine phase where we are in the development of our jurisprudence, rules and laws.”
According to the minister, since the IT Act is a 22-year-old law, “we are pushing for retrofitting, band-aiding to get secure internet, and we need a new contemporary law and we are working on that”. .
Providing reassurance for the new laws, he said that “a lot of things today that you might think are a bit vague and would require a court to interpret it, will find themselves in law”.
According to Chandrasekhar, “It gives you a directional perspective on how to think about where digital citizens should be in this equation between platforms or intermediaries on the one hand and citizens on the other.”
However, on 23 June, MeitY requested that the Ministry obtain further written copies of the views from the stakeholders by 6 July.
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