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Five industry bodies including CII and FICCI objected to IT rules

At least 5 trade our bodies had written to the Union authorities between April and May urging it to rethink the implementation of the IT Rules in its present kind earlier than they got here into impact.

These letters, written by CII, FICCI, Assocham, US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and the US India Business Council (USIBC) identified that the prison legal responsibility imposed on intermediaries within the new IT guidelines might have critically detrimental impacts on corporations’ ease of doing enterprise. TOI has copies of the letters.

The letters, addressed to IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney, had additionally requested the federal government to increase the time allotted to social media corporations for implementation of the foundations which got here into impact on May 25.

The letter by Assocham dated April 21 refers back to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within the European Union, which caused vital modifications in the best way intermediaries operated within the area, however burdened that even GDPR was applied over a course of six months. The new guidelines, alternatively, gave solely three months to corporations for full compliance.

The USIBC referred to the Rules as necessary coverage points that want additional ideas. “Due to the Covid crisis, we normally would not reach out to your office with policy issues, albeit important ones,” reads the letter, including that “it is essential for the Indian government to address industry concerns with regard to two key aspects of the rules” specifically the implementation period and imposition of non-public prison legal responsibility on intermediaries’ workers.

“This possibility of imposition of criminal liability of the employees of an intermediary is at odds with modern corporate criminal liability jurisprudence, which is leaning towards replacing criminal liability with monetary penalties, in the interests of ease of doing business and better enforcement of laws,” reads the letter.

CII and FICCI (April 1) additionally requested for the supply of prison legal responsibility to be rolled again fully, whereas USISPF on April 23 requested for “an extension of six months be granted for the industry to implement the IT Rules 2021”.

The new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, had been notified on February 25, to “regulate online content” in an effort to take care of the menace of pretend information, youngster sexual abuse materials and revenge porn, amongst different issues. They additionally referred to as for the appointment of native statutory officers to facilitate takedown requests and cooperate with legislation enforcement companies. TheGreaterIndia


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