Government Planning to bring New Law to Curb Online Criminal Activities

The central government is working on a new law to prevent illegal, criminal and child abuse material on the Internet. Under the Digital India Act, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other intermediaries will be liable for objectionable content on their platforms.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar addressed a conference Said That the existing Information Technology Act is not adequate to deal with such challenges. For this reason, the government had made IT rules and these were revised last year to make intermediaries responsible. After this, there is a proposal to bring digital technology law. He said that the government is committed to promote the use of internet as a means of empowering people. Along with this, the government wants to make it safe and reliable. It is the responsibility of the intermediaries as service providers to remove illegal and criminal content.

Chandrashekhar said that freedom of expression and insistence on privacy cannot lead to criminality. He said, “Even if the person is unknown, the intermediaries have to disclose the originator of such content. The Internet was seen as a means of empowering people but it has become a hub of criminality and illegal activities.” Is.” Along with this, he said that child sexual abuse material comes from outside the internet and needs to be dealt with under separate provisions of the law.

Late last year, Alphabet, which runs Internet search engine Google, and some other companies were indicted in the US for tracking the YouTube activity of children under the age of 13 without their parents’ consent. trial was registered. These companies were accused of tracking children’s YouTube activity and using it to show them advertisements. Under US law, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general have the authority to control the collection of personal data about children under the age of 13 online. In this case, it was alleged that the law was violated in the data collection done by Google.

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