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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (‘MeitY’) held a consultation on the Digital India Act, 2023 during the Digital India Dialogues in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The aim of the Digital India Act is to bring uniformity to Indian technology laws and provide a comprehensive regulatory framework that aligns with global standards. The new framework will include the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, Digital India Act Rules, National Data Governance Policy, and IPC Amendments for Cyber Crimes.

The current regulatory landscape of digital laws in India includes various rules and guidelines read with the Information Technology Act, 2000. However, the Digital India Act aims to update and standardize cyber laws, manage complexities of the internet, and protect citizens’ rights. The new framework will establish a specialized and dedicated adjudicatory mechanism, ensure the openness, safety, trust, and accountability of the internet, and provide provisions for deterrence and effective penalties.

The proposed Digital India Act will also introduce new rights for users, including the right to be forgotten, right to secured electronic means, right to digital inheritance, right against discrimination, and right against automated decision making. Furthermore, there will be new obligations for digital entities, including algorithmic transparency and periodic risk assessments.

The new framework will also classify different classes of intermediaries, providing provisions for eCommerce, digital media, search engines, gaming, AI, over-the-top (OTT) platforms, TSPs, Ad-Tech, and SSMIs. The provisions for intermediaries will include adjudicating user harm against cybercrimes, discretionary moderation of fake news, content monetisation rules, and requirements for minors’ data processing.

In conclusion, the Digital India Act aims to standardize and update Indian technology laws, provide a comprehensive regulatory framework that aligns with global standards, ensure the openness, safety, trust, and accountability of the internet, protect citizens’ rights and provide provisions for deterrence and effective penalties. The new framework will introduce new rights for users, new obligations for digital entities, provisions for intermediaries, and requirements for minors’ data processing.