Earlier this year, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in a public interaction that legislation to cover the digital universe which Indians now inhabit was a pressing necessity. Since then, the Centre has been working on a new law ~ a previous attempt to regulate digital media under updated Information Technology rules had sparked a row in 2019 ~ which would apply to digital media and require tech platforms, for the first time, to apply for registration with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. The I&B Ministry would be the state’s administrative department that would regulate and, if required, penalise platforms disseminating “news on digital media through any electronic device”. Legislation to this effect is widely expected to be introduced in the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament. As policymakers work on the draft of the new law, it may be helpful for them to take a close look at the European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA), a landmark piece of legislation which is in the final stages of being fully approved by EU institutions. (Read More)
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