Global tech firms look to assess potential impact of Digital India Act

SOURCE: ET Economic Times of India

Global technology firms have roped in legal and technology experts to figure out how the upcoming Digital India Act will affect their operations and help them pre-empt any likely conflict, sources aware of the development told us.

Catch up quick: The government is looking to introduce the Digital India Act (DIA) in the winter session of parliament, as ET first reported last week.

The proposed legislation seeks to cover the entire digital ecosystem, from social media and streaming platforms to apps, blockchains and the metaverse.

It could empower the government to block a Twitter handle or Facebook page for 24 hours if it is deemed to be spreading misinformation or inciting violence.

The new regulatory framework will impact large tech companies such as Google, Meta, Twitter, and Amazon experts said.

Potential effects: Insiders told us global tech companies are also looking to analyse the potential impact the proposed law would have on their intellectual property and revenue.

Under DIA, Indian users would be able to give specific permissions to various apps they use and then take away that permission. They would also be able to ask apps not to save their data or not use their personal data for any other purpose, which could reduce revenues of these apps, experts said.

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