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Intermediary Liability: What STAR India said in its submission to MeitY

Star India’s response to MeitY’s Draft “The Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018” outlines its concerns about the definitions of an intermediary, safe harbour and the content takedown notifications. These are all the important points the media company... ...
Tags: Travel, Television, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Regulation, Piracy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Star India, MeitY, IL submissions


Intermediary Liability: What IMI said in its submission to MeitY

The Indian Music Industry’s response to MeitY’s Draft “The Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018” outlines its concerns about the definitions of an intermediary, safe harbour and the content takedown notifications. These are all the important points the... ...
Tags: Travel, Music, News, Internet, Government, Copyright, Policy, Streaming, Piracy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, IMI, MeitY, IL submissions


Intermediary Liability: What IndiaTech.org said in its submission to MeitY

In December, the Union government proposed changes to the IT (Intermediary Liability) Rules, 2011 to hold platforms liable for the content hosted on them. MeitY invited comments on the proposed amendments, which were made public on February 6 and February 8. Counter-comments are open till February... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, IT Act, Indiatech.org, IL submissions


The Cumulative Effect of Recent Internet Regulation – Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia

By Sidharth Chopra and Nandita Saikia India: 130 crore people, 121 crore mobile phones, 44.6 crore smartphones, 56 crore internet users, it’s said. That’s a lot of people with many non-commercial interests that need protection and, critically, a very large market much of which remains... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, Intermediary Liability, Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia, Sidharth Chopra Nandita Saikia


Delhi HC dismisses petition seeking licensing and regulation of OTT platforms

The Delhi HC has dismissed a petition filed by Justice for Rights Foundation, a Delhi based NGO, which asked for the regulation of online streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, reports The Indian Express. The HC said that online streaming platforms did not need to acquire a... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Government, Censorship, Policy, Regulation, Streaming, Content, Delhi, NGO, Intermediary Liability, Ott, Freedom Of Expression, Delhi HC, HC


Twitter explains its ‘impartiality’; Officials to not attend IT committee meeting

Twitter said that political ideology did not shape its policies, days after accusations of bias against right wing users in India. Right-wingers have accused Twitter of limiting the reach of their accounts, banning or suspending accounts which support the Indian government, manipulating the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Platform, Parliament, Intermediary Liability, Standing Committee, Fake News


WhatsApp deletes 2M accounts per month to curb fake news; outlines how

WhatsApp is deleting 2 million accounts per month to arrest the spread of fake news and misinformation, the company revealed in a white paper titled ‘Stopping Abuse’ released in India earlier this week. WhatsApp is deleting these accounts for bulk or automated behaviour, over 75% of the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Messaging, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Intermediary Liability, Misinformation, Fake News


#NAMApolicy on Safe Harbor: The Intent of Traceability is behavioral change

“If you look at the rules,” one participant said at MediaNama’s discussion on Safe Harbor in Bangalore on the 25th of January, “there’s a duality in them. One is traceability and other things; helping you to get to the end user. The other is attribution of responsibility to... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Bangalore, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Medianama, Nama


#NAMApolicy on Safe Harbor: The Dunzo debate; Proactive takedowns; Gradation of harms

How does Safe Harbor work for intermediaries like Dunzo? Our article on Dunzo versus the Excise department, which was a part of our reading list for Safe Harbor, let to some considerable debate about whether Dunzo should be treated as an intermediary. The app allows users to create tasks for... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Nama, Dunzo


#NAMApolicy on Safe Harbor: Should different sizes or categories of intermediaries be regulated differently?

A participant at MediaNama’s discussion in Bangalore on the Indian governments changes to Safe Harbor argued that the way the rules are framed, “are encouraging over-compliance. Before Shreya Singhal, it was clear that intermediaries err on the side of caution. The fear of liability and... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Policy, Bangalore, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Medianama, Nama, Shreya Singhal, MeitY


#NAMApolicy: No clarity on what constitutes offenses for intermediaries – Alok Prasanna Kumar

The debate on Safe Harbor has come full circle, Alok Prasanna Kumar, Senior Resident Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, said at MediaNama’s discussion in Bengaluru on the governments attempts to amend Intermediary Liability protections. This discussion was held under the Chatham... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Policy, Bengaluru, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Medianama, Alok Prasanna Kumar, Nama, Vidhi Centre


Asia Internet Coalition raises user privacy and free speech concerns over draft Intermediary Guidelines

Jeff Paine, Managing Director of Asia Internet Coalition, has released an open statement (pdf) regarding India’s current proposed intermediary liability guidelines, expressing deep concern regarding users’ privacy and free speech. AIC’s statement to MeitY states that the current draft rules “fall... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Government, India, Policy, Regulation, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, AIC, MeitY, Asia Internet Coalition, Jeff Paine


Mozilla, Wikimedia and Github urge IT Min RS Prasad to abandon proposed Intermediary Liability guidelines

Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the now Microsoft-owned GitHub have written an open letter (pdf) to RS Prasad, the Union Minister of Electronics and IT, outlining their concerns with respect to the newly proposed Intermediary Liability guidelines. These 3 organisations together have “tens of... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, Internet, Policy, Regulation, Mozilla, Github, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla Wikimedia


Updated: Ahmedabad consumer body asks DCGI to act against Snapdeal’s ‘counterfeit’ products

Update at 3:10 pm: CERC compared 25 cosmetic products on Snapdeal and a Nykaa. CERC clarified that it did not conduct an “online survey” but a product comparison. . Here are the study’s main findings: High discount rates indicating counterfeit products: The same product sold on the 2 platforms were... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, SnapDeal, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Ahmedabad, Cosmetics, CERC, IT Act, Drugs Controller General of India, Nykaa CERC


Intermediary Liability: MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar for removing safe harbour, says platforms must take down unlawful content

Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s submission towards the IT Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018, outlines that while intermediaries ‘must be liable for unlawful and illegal content on their platforms, the approach to regulating them should be carefully thought through’ as more and more Indians get... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Government, Regulation, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Platforms, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, IT Act 2008


Karnataka HC refuses anticipatory bail to WhatsApp group admin for “grievous” message

Mustafa, an admin of a WhatsApp group, in which some members allegedly shared “Pakistan Zindabad” messages has been denied anticipatory bail by the Karnataka High Court, reports LiveLaw. Mustafa’s first anticipatory bail was denied on 6 December 2018, and his second anticipatory bail was dismissed... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Legal, News, Internet, Government, Whatsapp, Freedom Of Speech, Intermediary Liability, Karnataka, Mustafa, Pakistan Zindabad, Karnataka High Court, Freedom Of Expression, Section 66a, LiveLaw Mustafa


Updated: IT Ministry asks Google and Facebook to take down “fake” food content: report

Update, 23 January: A YouTube spokesperson told MediaNama, “We set and publicly share information about our Community Guidelines and we consistently and impartially enforce those guidelines to protect our users’ freedom of speech while providing clear guidance on content that is not... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Government, Policy, Content, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, FSSAI, IT Ministry


IT Ministry asks Google and Facebook to take down “fake” food content: report

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has sent notices to Google and Facebook to take down ‘“false and malicious” videos and misinformation about the food safety and quality in India’, reports the Economic Times. The notices include requests for content take down and blocking of accounts... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Government, India, Policy, Content, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Economic Times, FSSAI, Ministry of Electronics


A serious and imminent threat to the open Internet in India

14 years is a very long time in Internet history. On December 14th, 2004, Avnish Bajaj, now a co-founder at VC firm Matrix Partners, was arrested, and sent into judicial custody without bail until December 24 that year. Bajaj had gone to Delhi to meet the police, and help with an investigation... ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Encryption, Policy, Delhi, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Matrix Partners, Bajaj, Avnish Bajaj, IT Rules, IT Act 2008


ShareChat removes 50,000 accounts with fake content

ShareChat has banned 50,000 profiles to keep pornographic, violent and fake content off of its platform, reports the Economic Times. A ShareChat spokesperson told MediaNama that the platform ran a campaign 6 months ago asking users to flag/report problematic content. However, the company refused to... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Social Media, Policy, Regulation, Content, Intermediary Liability, Economic Times, Content Regulation, Medianama, IT Act, Indic, Fake News, ShareChat, Online entertainment content


Intermediary Liabilty: Amul sends legal notice to Google and Godaddy over fake campaigns

The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), which owns the Amul brand has issued a legal notice to Google India and Godaddy.com for fraudulent practices on their platform by individuals and organizations. This was reported by Business Line. Dated January 10, the notice to Google... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Legal, News, Internet, Godaddy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Google India, IT Act, Amul, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd


MeitY extends the deadline for comments on Intermediary Guidelines to January 31

The Ministry of IT and Electronics (MeitY) has now extended the deadline for submission of comments and suggestions from 15 January to 31 January. MeitY will publish the comments on its website on February 4, after which it will invites counter-comments until February 14. Comments to MeitY can be... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, Regulation, Intermediary Liability, Platforms, IT Act, Ministry of IT and Electronics MeitY, Information Technology Rules 2011


Prescription drug Suhagra cause for Snapdeal and seller prosecution in Karnataka

The Karnataka drugs controller will begin prosecution against executives of online marketplace Snapdeal, and an owner and staffer of Ludhiana-based retailer Herbal Health Care for selling prescription drug Suhagra-100, reports the Economic Times. The order named Snapdeal CEO Kumar Bahl, and COO... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, SnapDeal, Intermediary Liability, Karnataka, Economic Times, Ludhiana, Drugs Controller General of India, Herbal Health Care


Mozilla calls proposed IT rule changes for intermediaries ‘blunt and disproportionate’

MeitY’s new proposed rules for intermediaries are “blunt and disproportionate solutions” to issues surrounding harmful online content, Mozilla Corporation said in a statement to MediaNama. Free speech vs regulation: a fine balance Content pulldown: Mozilla emphasizes that the new rules... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Regulation, Mozilla, Isp, Intermediary Liability, Mozilla Corporation, IT Act, IT Rules


FDI in the Ecommerce policy: Vendor neutral rules for marketplace-owned vendors

The Department of Industrial Promotion & Policy revised its guidelines on FDI in e-commerce and set out new rules for marketplaces and vendors, with relation to inventory and FDI, last week. The new guidelines will come into effect from 1 February, 2019.  The government’s updated policy... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, E-commerce, Policy, Regulation, Online Marketplaces, Intermediary Liability, Fdi, FDI In E-Commerce, Draft National E-Commerce Policy, Department of Industrial Promotion Policy


Amazon, Flipkart will submit cosmetic sellers’ info to the DCGI, work to remove fake cosmetics

After a meeting with Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) officials, Amazon and Flipkart will prevent the sales of ‘unregulated and fake cosmetics’, reports Mint. The ecommerce companies were served show cause notices last month for allegedly selling “spurious and adulterated”... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, News, Internet, E-commerce, Regulation, Flipkart, Intermediary Liability, Cosmetics, Amazon Flipkart, Drugs Controller General of India, Drug Controller General of India DCGI


Delhi High Court judgment sheds light on when an ecommerce platform loses safe harbor

In a case that seems to set the benchmark for when an ecommerce website might be considered an intermediary, Darveys.com, a membership based e-commerce site has been ordered by the Delhi High Court to do the following, among other things: Disclosure: Disclose complete details of all its sellers,... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Legal, News, Policy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Delhi High Court, Section 79, Darveys


Update: Flipkart and Amazon get notices from DCGI for allegedly selling adulterated cosmetics

Update at 4:45 pm: An IndiaMart spokesperson told MediaNama that it had not received any notice from the DCGI, nor were any raids been carried out on any premises of IndiaMart. The company also said that it is an intermediary, and does not carry out sale and purchase transactions. It only... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Internet, Government, E-commerce, Policy, Platform, Flipkart, Intermediary Liability, Indiamart, Drugs Controller General of India, IndiaMart.com, Platform regulation


Flipkart, Amazon, Indiamart get notices from DCGI for allegedly selling adulterated cosmetics

Amazon, Flipkart and IndiaMart were served notices by apex drug regulator Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for allegedly selling “spurious and adulterated” cosmetics, reports the Indian Express. The platforms have 10 days to respond, failing which, there would be penal... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Internet, Government, E-commerce, Policy, Platform, Flipkart, Intermediary Liability, Indiamart, Amazon Flipkart, Drugs Controller General of India DCGI, Drugs Controller General of India, IndiaMart.com, Platform regulation


EC’s proposed rules ask platforms to take down terrorist content in an hour

The European Commission has proposed rules to give online platforms one hour to take down terrorism-promoting content after they have been notified of it. Firms that don’t comply will be fined up to 4% of their annual global turnover the rules say. This is the same penalty that the General... ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, News, Internet, Terrorism, European Commission, EC, Intermediary Liability



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