India IT Act: Govt starts discussions on amending India’s Information Technology Act

Revisions to India’s IT Act will be keenly observed world over as that would determine

Revisions to India’s IT Act will be keenly observed world over as that would determine how technology is regulated in one of the world’s largest data markets.

Synopsis

India’s Information Technology Act may have been rendered irrelevant by the pervasive growth of smartphones and social media, while the advent of AI and Machine Learning require new norms to be drawn up, officials say.

New Delhi: The Centre has begun internal discussions to revamp the two-decade old Information Technology (IT) Act, said top officials, as massive shifts in technology call for changes in regulatory frameworks.The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is reviewing specific provisions of the IT Act—promulgated in 2000 and last amended in 2008—that may have been rendered irrelevant by the pervasive growth of smartphones and social media,

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