The Indian government has insisted on the usual wait of pretending to be ignorant about censorship data. As a result, there were no focused answers regarding Internet shutdowns or social media regulations.
Nonetheless, the central government has said a lot about its success in Aadhar linkage with distribution cards, cryptocurrencies, and lower digital fraud. Here’s a summary of everything that was said last week on these topics and more.
Where can I find data on internet shutdown?
Sanjay Singh of Rajya Sabha MP has asked the government to check datapoints to see if India is a major country in terms of the number of internet interruptions and shutdowns.But the central government said it has No data Regarding such incidents, the temporary internet outage is being handled by the state government.
“Centralized data on Internet shutdowns is not maintained by the government,” the Department of Information and Broadcasting said when asked about the number of Internet shutdowns over the last five years. Shin also asked if “Internet shutdown is regularly used as a tool for routine police and administrative purposes, not as a public emergency,” but no answer was given.
99% of all distribution cards linked to Aadhaar
The government declared: 99.1% All households are seeded with at least one Aadhaar number on a 19.5 Chlore ration card under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). The remaining ration cards will be seeded by September 30th.
Meanwhile, the government announced 5,98,999 Aadhaar cards for questions regarding “performance audits of UIDAI features.” was canceled By May 31 due to duplication and other reasons.
Suspicious response to social media accountability
MP Asaduddin Owaisi tells the government “new Accountable system Updated IT (Interim Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rule 2021 “For Social Media Enterprises”. In a follow-up question, he asked: Illegal content or conversations on such platforms? ”
The government said it would further update Part 2 of the IT law on the government’s efforts to increase accountability for social media companies by amending the IT law.
Cryptocurrency regulation in the context of India
Do you want to ban cryptocurrencies? Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is a cryptocurrency Destabilizing effect About India’s financial and financial stability. While recommending framing methods in this sector, the RBI advised to ban cryptocurrencies. This is because cryptocurrency regulation or prohibition laws may only come into effect after significant international cooperation.
No tax exemption: Rajya Sabha MP Abdul Wahab asked the government if there were plans to exempt cryptocurrency transactions from taxes.Said the government was in this There is no such suggestion Under consideration. In addition, regarding attempts to thwart dangerous cryptocurrency transactions, the RBI will continue to carry out the customer’s due diligence process for transactions on VC, in line with regulations governing the standards of Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money. He said he advised regulated entities. Laundering (AML), Fighting Terrorist Financing (CFT), Obligations under the Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA), 2002, etc.
Cryptography and NFT as VDA: In response to questions about cryptocurrency and NFT status, the government said: Virtual digital assets (VDA) Means information, codes, numbers, or tokens (not Indian currency or foreign currency) generated by cryptographic means or other means, with any name, value exchanged with or without consideration. Provides a digital representation of. Or to act as a unit of value store or account, including an assertion of inherent value, or use in a financial transaction or investment, but not limited to an investment scheme. You can transfer, store, or trade electronically. Non-substitutable tokens and other tokens of similar nature are included in the definition. ”
In addition, the central government has designated tokens that are considered virtual digital assets as non-fungible tokens within the meaning of paragraph (a) of Article 2 (47A) of the Act, but does not include non-fungible tokens. .. A token whose transfer results in the transfer of ownership of the underlying tangible property and the transfer of ownership of such underlying tangible property is legally enforceable.
Claims to reduce digital transaction fraud
Citing RBI data, the government Digital fraud rejected From 70,283 cases in 2020-21 to 58,111 cases in 2021-22. However, we were unable to provide city-specific data because “data is only obtained at the national level”.
Over 500 YouTube channels blocked
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said it blocked 78 YouTube-based news channel Similarly, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) blocked 560 YouTube URLs between 2021 and 2022. However, the government did not respond. MP Manickam Tagore B.’s question as to whether these sites were blocked to “disseminate false unconfirmed information.”
Over 8,000 complaints against cab aggregators
As much as possible 8,740 consumer dissatisfaction According to data from the National Consumer Helpline (NCH), it was registered with major taxi aggregator companies from January 2020 to July 2022. Based on these complaints, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has sent notices to two major online ride hailing platforms. In the question, MP specifically mentioned Ola and Uber.
448 notifications to e-commerce entities
Total 448 notifications Issued to E-Commerce Entity by Legal Weighing Department, Consumer Affairs Department. From October 16, 2020 to December 31, 2020, we issued 38 notices, and from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, we issued 232 notices. Since then, 178 notices have been issued between January 1, 222 and July 11, 2022. The compound interest of £ 77,90,500 was realized by an e-commerce company.