On April 24, 2012, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, may consider a motion to repeal the Intermediary Rules under the Information Technology Act, which were notified last April.
It appears that most of the members of the Opposition share the view that the Rules pose an unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression, besides being unduly harsh on intermediaries. NASSCOM too seems to be of the same opinion.
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI) appears to have written to the Minister for Communications expressing their concerns on the vagueness of the Rules. Mr.Subho Ray of IMAI reportedly has said:
“We have asked them to clarify what exactly we are expected to do in 36 hours of receiving a take-down notice and also, who can send such a notice. Everybody can't be an affected party”
We will keep an eye on the developments and keep our readers posted.