Friday, 28 January, 2022
TopicIT Rules

Topic: IT Rules

Madras HC restrains Modi govt from taking coercive action under new IT rules

The two-judge bench granted the injunction when a new PIL came up for hearing Monday from Indian Broadcasters & Digital Media Foundation challenging the new IT rules' provisions.

Parliamentary panel recommends new regulator to oversee Facebook, Twitter

The high-level committee is asking for tighter rules because current laws treating social media platforms as intermediaries have not done enough in terms of regulation.

Some delay in adopting IT rules OK, ‘averse’ to suing social media firms: Minister Chandrasekhar

MoS for Electronics & IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar was addressing an event where the ministry launched an explainer on the controversial IT rules.

‘Tech difficulties can’t be an excuse to refuse compliance’: Modi govt defends IT rules in HC

In an affidavit filed in reply to WhatsApp’s plea, the Centre said platforms monetise users’ data for commercial purposes & are not legally entitled to claim that it protects privacy.

2 HCs stay provisions of IT Rules: What this means for Netflix, Amazon, digital news media

Madras HC and Bombay HC stayed two provisions of Rule 9 of the IT guidelines, stating that prima facie they appeared to infringe on the right to freedom of speech and expression.

‘May rob print & electronic media’s independence’ — Madras HC stays 2 sub-clauses of IT Rules

The order is similar to the one passed by the Bombay High Court, relating to the new IT Rules last month, which held that 'dissent' was vital for democracy.

New IT rules seek to prevent fake news, misuse of freedom of press: Modi govt to Delhi HC

Centre, in its counter affidavit on the new IT rules, asserted that digital media allows sensational content being re-circulated in a different context leading to misinterpretation.

Bombay HC order on IT Rules is a start. But its critical eye has missed a greater threat

The order made strong observations on how Rule 9 curtails freedom of speech. However, it did not address the constitutionality of other provisions.

‘Chilling effect on free speech’ — Why Bombay HC stayed certain provisions of new IT rules

In an interim order, Bombay High Court pointed out that Rule 9(1) and Rule 9(3) went beyond the scope of the Information Technology Act and also violated right to free speech.

Bombay HC stays provisions of new IT rules for digital media, says they violate freedom of speech

The court said adherence to clauses 9 (1) and 9 (3) of new IT rules was in breach of free speech under Article 19 of the Constitution and went beyond the scope of IT act itself.

On Camera

YourTurn

Apple needs to break out of its comfort zone with bold mega deals à la Microsoft

Historically, large M&A hasn’t been Apple’s style. However, with its resources, the company can certainly take the risk to transform its business and expand its capabilities.
V. Anantha Nageswaran

Who is V Anantha Nageswaran, new chief economic advisor? IIM-A grad, academic, PM’s ex-advisor

Nageswaran, who has taught at various B-schools in India and Singapore, takes charge days before the tabling of the Economic Survey and the Union Budget.

Defence

Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

India carrying out more warship patrols than ever to catch China in crowded global seas

Estimated 125 foreign naval vessels are in the Indian Ocean at any given time, roughly 3 times the number deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when the US invaded Afghanistan.

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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