India IT rules – Did govt. soften its stance on data encryption rules?

Since the government introduced the new IT rules – Information Technology Rules (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics), 2021 – in May, there has been a lot of pushback from many stakeholders, including platforms. messaging and social networks. Some of the provisions of the rules have also been challenged in court by entities such as WhatsApp and Twitter.

In the midst of all this, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) has come out with 28 frequently asked questions to provide clarity on applicability issues, due diligence provisions and penalties regarding major social media intermediaries (those with more than 50 lakh users) in the IT Rules.

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