The govt, in a notice to banned Chinese apps, said the order to block them would continue under section 69A of the IT Act. India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok in June 2020 and 118 apps, including PUBG mobile game, in Sept 2020, blocking more than 200 apps up till now. The apps were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India” the ministry had said.
The govt is working on amending the IT rules for intermediaries like Facebook, Google to make them more responsive and accountable for the content uploaded on their platforms; rules are currently being finalised. Section 79(1) of the ITA 2020, grants intermediaries a conditional immunity with regard to the third-party content. The intermediaries, relatable to Article 19(2) of the Indian Constitution, are expected to disable any unlawful content.
The GOI is mulling a law that’d ban cryptocurrencies’ usage in India. Reportedly, the finance ministry has already initiated inter-ministerial consultations. Cryptocurrency usage in India, during the lockdown, rose 10X for local exchangers whereas 545% for global ones; new users rose a humongous 4100%. In 2018, RBI prohibited financial institutions from providing cryptocurrency-related services as it lacked govt stamp. It was changed in March this year.