New IT rules ensure open, safe and trusted and accountable internet

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New IT rules ensure open, safe and trusted and accountable internet
New IT rules ensure open, safe and trusted and accountable internet

The Union minister said that the new IT rules will help identify the first originator of the information on significant social media intermediary (SSMI) primarily providing messaging service

Ensuring an open, safe and trusted and accountable internet for its users, the new (IT Rules 2021) Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 acts as a deterrent against cyber crime, Union minister of state for electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

Chandrasekhar, while allaying fears around the data security breach, said that there was no risk to the personal data from the new IT rules. According to the Union MoS, social media platforms are required to enable users to voluntarily verify their accounts and provide them with visible marks of verification.

“As per the rule 4(7) of the said Rules, the significant social media intermediaries shall enable users to voluntarily verify their accounts and such users’ accounts shall be provided with visible marks of verification,” Chandrasekhar said.

Chandrasekhar maintained that the new rules were to address issues related to risks and danger posed by growing phenomena of misinformation, bots, criminality and users’ harm in general.

Chandrasekhar, in response to a separate question, said that the new IT rules were to protect cyberspace in the country from anonymity, abuse and help in prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or punishment of an offence related to the sovereignty and integrity of India.

The Union minister said that the new IT rules will help identify the first originator of the information on significant social media intermediary (SSMI) primarily providing messaging service.

CERT-In has also issued directions under the provisions of sub-section (6) of section 70B of the IT Act, 2000 which cover aspects relating to subscriber/customer registrations details by data centres, Virtual Private Server (VPS) providers, VPN Service providers, etc,” Chandrasekhar added.

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