We are already witnessing the extent of internet services, the heights of which are harder to predict!!
Right? This is where the Indian Government got struck at and after rounds of deliberations, it finally decided to bring up some regulations to internet usage in India.
In its message to the Supreme Court on October 22, 2019, the central government confirmed that it will finalize a new set of regulations by the end of January 2020.
The Center said internet misuse has the potential to cause ‘unimaginable disruption to democratic polity’.
In its affidavit to the apex court, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEIT) informed that it is framing a set of new guidelines to regulate internet companies, intermediaries, service providers, search engines and social media sites.
Felt that extent the extant rules to be revised for effective regulation of intermediaries keeping in view the ever-growing threats to individual rights and nation’s integrity, sovereignty and security,” the Ministry said in the affidavit.
It further noted that there has been a drastic rise in internet and social media usage due to lower tariffs, availability of smartphone devices and improved connectivity.
In the Background
The government’s filing to the Supreme Court came in the background of Facebook’s appeal to the government to stop forcing WhatsApp to introduce a system that reveals the source of messages exchanged among users.
To the proposal to verify social media accounts, more than 1.2 billion users have reportedly verified their identity through Aadhaar, biometric and other verification methods.
While, the Facebook executives argue that introducing system would compromise the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp users have globally.
Now, the issue is with the court and due hearing on October 22, 2019!