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

Ever since the government introduced the new IT rules – Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 – back in May, there has been plenty of pushback from many stakeholders, including the messaging and social media platforms. Some of the provisions in the rules have also been questioned in court by entities like WhatsApp and Twitter.

Amidst all this, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) has come out with 28 Frequently Asked Questions to provide clarity on the issues of applicability, due diligence provisions and penalties pertaining to significant social media intermediaries (those with over 50 lakh users) in the IT Rules.

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