The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) and its members express our sincere gratitude to the Government of India and Ministry of Commerce and Industry for the opportunity to submit initial comments on India’s Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act). AIC presented our inputs on the planned amendments to the IT Act. These are exceptionally challenging times globally for individuals, governments, and businesses. We appreciate that the current priority of the Government of India, and of governments around the world, must be to mount the strongest possible economic and public health response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Based on recent news reports, we understand that the Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MEITY) is presently considering bringing in amendments to the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act) and is discussing the matter with other governmental ministries and departments. We believe that it is in pursuance to these discussions that the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (Department) has reached out to certain members of the digital industry to present their thoughts on the proposal to amend the IT Act.