Internet content control rule has industry backing

August 3rd, 2011 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The internet content rule that allows telecom companies and blogging sites to remove “objectionable” content from the web without informing the users were framed by the government in consultation with the industry, Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said Wednesday.

“Government has formulated the rules - Intermediaries Guidelines Rules, 2011 - after wide consultation with industry associations and stakeholders and the rules were duly endorsed by industry associations,” said Pilot in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on being questioned if such rules violated the principle of freedom of expression.

“They in their comments did not raise the issues particularly pertaining to compromising the privacy and violation of freedom of speech and expression,” he added.

The rule which was announced by the government earlier this year was widely projected as a violation of the right to freedom of speech according to cyber law experts and netizens.

The minister also said that Google and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) had sent their comments on the draft rules which were studied and incorporated appropriately in the rules.

The IAMAI had endorsed the final draft rules which were later notified.

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