Ashwini Vaishnaw: New IT rules protect users, will ensure safe social media ecosystem

Amid the continued friction between the Centre and massive tech companies, freshly sworn-in IT and Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated on Sunday that the brand new data expertise guidelines empower and defend customers.

The IT guidelines will guarantee a safer and extra accountable social media ecosystem in India, Vaishnaw stated.

“Reviewed the implementation and compliance of Info Expertise Guidelines, 2021 together with my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar ji. These tips are empowering and defending customers and can guarantee a safer and accountable social media ecosystem in India,” Vaishnaw stated in a put up on Koo, which is a competitor to Twitter in India.

Quickly after taking oath because the IT and communications minister, Vaishnaw had stated that each one those that reside and work in India will have to abide by the rules of the country.

The brand new guidelines, which got here into impact on Could 25, had requested all social media platforms to arrange a grievances redressal and compliance mechanism, which included appointing a resident grievance officer, chief compliance officer and a nodal contact particular person. All of them must be Indian residents.

The Ministry of Electronics & Info Expertise had additionally requested these platforms to submit month-to-month reviews on complaints acquired from customers and motion taken. A 3rd requirement was for immediate messaging apps to make provisions for monitoring the primary originator of a message.

Twitter, which had been within the eye of the storm over its alleged failure to adjust to the brand new IT guidelines in India, has named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer for India.

The location additionally revealed a ‘transparency report’ concerning the dealing with of complaints from customers in India between Could 26, 2021 and June 25, 2021 — one other requirement beneath the brand new IT legislation. In its maiden monthly compliance report, Twitter stated that it has acquired 94 grievances and “actioned” 133 URLs between Could 26 and June 25.

This comes after the Delhi Excessive Court docket had stated that the Centre can provoke motion towards Twitter in case of non-compliance with the IT guidelines.

Facebook had earlier stated it aimed to comply with the provisions of IT rules and was in dialogue with the federal government on a couple of extra points. “Pursuant to the IT Guidelines, we’re working to implement operational processes and enhance efficiencies. Fb stays dedicated to folks’s skill to freely and safely categorical themselves on our platform,” a spokesperson for the corporate had advised The Indian Express earlier.

Nevertheless, Fb-owned Whatsapp has challenged the IT guidelines for requiring the messaging app to hint chats and make provisions to establish the primary originator, saying they violate the fitting to privateness and are unconstitutional.

Whatsapp additional alleged the requirement of intermediaries enabling the identification of the primary originator of knowledge in India upon authorities or courtroom order places end-to-end encryption and its advantages “in danger”.

Some media homes have additionally challenged the brand new IT guidelines and the matter is sub-judice.

(With inputs from PTI)

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