Director: Lakshav Singh Sambyal
Additional Director: Akshat Dogra
Rapporteur: Tanuj Arora, Divyanshi Trakroo
In an era of unprecedented digitalization and technology, the safety of personal data is paramount. Until very recently, India was the only major nation to not have a data protection law. The Committee will be looking into the feasibility of the New IT Law, that is, "The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021" passed by the Indian Government, earlier this year. With special emphasis on the "TWITTER V/S THE GOVERNMENT of INDIA" issue.
In 2018, The Supreme Court (SC) had observed that the Government of India may frame necessary guidelines to eliminate child pornography, rape and gang rape imageries, videos and sites in content hosting platforms and other applications. Recently, the government has notified Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. These new rules broadly deal with social media and over-the-top (OTT) platforms. These rules have been framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.
The committee would not only be looking into these recent amendments made by the Government but would also take into consideration the bigger picture of the harmful effects of social media, which includes spreading hate speeches, fake news etc. Ultimately leading to Mob Lynching's and Communal Riots, from the Murder of Kamlesh Tiwari to the Delhi Riots of 2020, it has been havoc of a situation all around.
NOTE: The Executive Board can be reached at LokSabhaJYC21@Gmail.com
Agenda: Analysis Of New IT Laws In India