IT rules’ final version soon to be out by Government

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IT rules’ final version soon to be out by Government
IT rules’ final version soon to be out by Government

In June this year, open house discussions on the proposed amendments to the IT Rules of 2021 were completed by the ministry

The final version of the proposed amendments to the (Information Technology) IT Rules of 2021 will soon be out by the government, the minister of state for IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said.

The government will also come out with laws and rules on the national data governance framework over the next few months and reintroduce in the Parliament the new digital data protection bill, Chandrasekhar said, addressing an event organised by the US-India Business Council.

All the new laws and rules will be brought out only after intense public and stakeholder consultations, Chandrasekhar said. The new laws will supersede the old laws and rules currently in place, he said.

“These new laws, in a sense, supersede existing legislation. So, the Digital India Act will clearly supersede the IT (Information Technology) Act (of 2000). There is no question of both of them existing. If there are any contradictions with the existing and legacy laws, we will get them amended,” the minister of state said.

First introduced in Parliament in 2019 – the older version of the data protection bill was withdrawn by the IT ministry in early August. Senior government officials had then told that the new version of the data protection bill was at a “very advanced stage” and would have a comprehensive framework.

Similarly, in June this year, open house discussions on the proposed amendments to the IT Rules of 2021 were completed by the ministry. All stakeholders then were asked to submit their comments on the proposed changes by 06 July.

Chandrasekhar, addressing the stakeholders, had then said that the government would be open to making more changes in the IT Rules of 2021 if a need arises to do so.

“I have said all along that these are constantly going to evolve in consultation with the stakeholders involved. So, even if we agree that there will be an appellate tribunal model to the appellate committee model today, there is nothing that says that we will not be able to change it into a self-regulatory or self-regulated mechanism one year down the road or six months,” Chandrasekhar had said.

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