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NDP opposes draft of govt policy seeking to regulate OTT, social media platforms

Hyderabad: National Democratic Party (NDP) MA Mujeeb strongly opposed the draft of the rules to regulate content on Internet intermediaries and streaming platforms. He said it is against the democratic spirit of the constitution of India and violation against individual liberty.

The democrat party president and the editor MA Mujeeb expressed his party’s dissent against the draft Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. Such rules are necessary only in case of excessive messages against the national unity, integration, integrity, sovereignty, communal harmony and there are sufficient legislations to protect the nation.

No new laws are un necessary and against personal liberty of individual when the State is empowered with IPC, Cr Pc NSA, laws against control of organised crimes against the respective State and Union of India, Mujeeb said.

The existing laws are better laws than the draft Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 Mujeeb added.

Currently, many messaging platforms are end to end encrypted. No one except sender and recipient of a message knows about its content, now government rules wants to force platforms to trace the ‘originator’ of forwarded messages, Mujeeb said.

Government forcing platforms to trace messages on vague grounds of ‘sovereignty/integrity of India, security of State, friendly relations with foreign States, or public order’ can cover all types of lawful speech Mujeeb said.

The BJP Govts are coming out with such frivolous laws and to restrain inter caste marriages to harass and steal liberty of intellectuals and it is aimed to harass moolavasies the OBCs, dalits and minorities by implementing RSS and BJP hidden Hindutva agenda Mujeeb alleged

Proposals to implement traceability have been shown to be vulnerable to spoofing where bad actors can falsify originator information to frame innocents. Originators also have no control over who forwards the content, or how many times it is forwarded, viewed the national president of NDP MA Mujeeb who is also a leading advocate at High Court of Telangana.

When the Governments already have too many powers to surveil. The subjects don’t have privacy laws that protect them from a erring government and that inactive Governments constantly wants to know about masters (public) private conversations. There’s no parliamentary oversight or judicial or redress against abuse of power. These rules must be opposed,” NDP chief opposed.

Amidst growing concerns around lack of transparency, accountability and rights of users related to digital media and after elaborate consultation with the public and stakeholders, the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 has been framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011, informed the Ministry of Electronics & IT on Thursday.