Government to make online world more accountable

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Government to make online world more accountable
Government to make online world more accountable

What we are looking at is making the online world more accountable for what is published there. The people who are part of the law enforcement agencies and the policymakers, all of us, have a role. But, we also need to put a greater sense of accountability within the social media, internet, technology world itself

To make the online world more accountable, the government is working on a new version of the data protection bill and proposed Digital India law, said Ashwini Vaishnaw, IT and Telecom Minister on Monday. The government will float a New Telecom Bill within a week, said Vaishnaw during the launch of the second batch of Cytrain Setu.

A new version of the Data Protection Bill and proposed Digital India law is in the works, the minister said.

“What we are looking at is making the online world more accountable for what is published there. The people who are part of the law enforcement agencies and the policymakers, all of us, have a role. But, we also need to put a greater sense of accountability within the social media, internet, technology world itself,” Vaishnaw said.

Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019 has been withdrawn by the government to replace it with a new bill with a ‘comprehensive framework’ and ‘contemporary digital privacy laws.’

On 11 December 2019, the bill, aimed at regulating how an individual’s data can be used by companies and the government, was introduced. For examination, the bill was referred to the Joint Committee of the Houses and the report of the committee was presented to the Lok Sabha on December 16, 2021.

Technologies can also be used in preventing crimes, said Vaishnaw.

On the need to make technology providers also accountable for things that they are providing, there is a global consensus now within the G-20 group of digital ministers, the minister said.

Talking about the Cytrain Setu, which offers an Online PG Diploma in Cyber Law, Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics, Vaishnaw said that 56 district judges, IAS officers, IPS officers, inspectors, public prosecutors, officers from the tax department and CBI have joined the batch for training.

The minister requested, in the day-to-day workings of the judicial system, the judicial community to come up with more suggestions based on their experience.

“Very soon, we will be coming up with a new telecom bill. I’m sure all of you are aware that the role of telecom in the digital world is very, very important. Tactically, everything is consumed through the mobile phone.”

“So, within the next five, six days, we will be uploading the telecom Bill. I request all the participants in this course and also within your circles please ask your people in your group to take a serious look at and give your suggestions,” Vaishnaw said.

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