Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
TopicIT Act

Topic: IT Act

JPC report on data protection bill has loopholes & more bad news for social media companies

The amended Bill gives the central govt more power to make key decisions, enough for social media companies to be wary.

Modi govt ordered blocking of 9,849 social media accounts in 2020, 2,000% more than 2014

MoS for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Parliament that blocking of accounts followed 'due process', was in line with mission for 'open, safe, trusted, and accountable internet'.

SC issues notice to states, HCs on booking people under scrapped section 66A of IT Act

Under section 66A of the IT Act, which was scrapped by the apex court in 2015, a person posting offensive messages could be imprisoned for up to three years and also fined.

Watching, publishing, sharing pornography: What is a crime in India and what isn’t

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra has been arrested for allegedly being a ‘key conspirator’ in a case pertaining to pornographic films. Here’s what the laws say.

‘Shocking, terrible’ that people still booked under scrapped Section 66A of IT Act, SC says

An application filed before the top court by People’s Union for Civil Liberties claimed 745 cases were pending trial in courts in 11 states under the now-defunct Section 66A of IT Act.

Twitter loses legal immunity in India over non-compliance with IT rules

Sources in the government confirmed that Twitter is now liable for action under IPC, as it failed to adhere to the IT rules and appoint key executives under the new guidelines.

Govt issues ‘one last notice’ to Twitter to comply with new IT rules

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.

What Twitter, Facebook & social media firms could stand to lose if they miss IT Rules deadline

IT Act provides social media companies protection from liability for third party content on their websites. But companies must comply with govt's deadline for new IT rules, which ends today.

These are the apps and websites Modi govt blocked in 2020

Between 13 January and 9 October 2020, block orders issued to internet service providers by the telecom department covered 1,364 online domains, 100 websites & 177 apps.

On Camera

YourTurn

Representative image of Army | ANI

Central Vista, old army uniforms—why this year’s Republic Day parade is a source of pride

Days of Mughal or British glory are over. Central Vista is Indian govt's modern structure, and uniforms are sources of pride.
A Chinese flag being raised in the Lujiazui Financial District of Shanghai | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

India among Asian destinations for investors fleeing Chinese real estate debt crisis

Both Goldman Sachs & CreditSights consider Indian companies attractive. While the first recommends high-yield renewables, the latter considers financial firms to well shielded here.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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