India’s regulation of online gaming are intended to provide its users with an open, safe, trusted, and accountable internet. Union Minister Shri. Rajeev Chandrashekar informed the parliament today.
He further noted, the likelihood of Indians being exposed to information that may be addictive in nature, shows violence, or is harmful has increased with the growth of the Internet and the increase in the number of Indians going online.
To help India achieve the aim of making Internet Open, Safe and Trusted and Accountable, the Indian Government, in exercise of powers conferred by the Information Technology Act, 2000, has made the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
These new Regulation of Gaming Online rules and regulation cast specific obligation on intermediaries, including intermediaries offering online games, to observe diligence and provides that if they fail to observe such diligence, they shall no longer be exempt from their liability under law for third-party information or data or communication link hosted by them.
Here are the 4 Pillars India’s Regulation of Online Gaming
(1) To make reasonable efforts to cause its user not to host, display, publish, transmit or share any information that is harmful to child, causes incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence, relates to encourages gambling, or violates any law for the time being in force;
(2) To not host, store or publish unlawful information prohibited under law for the time being in force, on a voluntary basis on violation of the above, and on actual knowledge upon receipt of a grievance or court order or notice from the appropriate government or its agency;
(3) To have in place a grievance redressal machinery, and resolve complaints of violation of the rules within 72 hours of being reported;
(4) To provide, upon receipt of an order from a lawfully authorised government agency, information or assistance for prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution under law.
This information about India’s Regulation of Gaming Online was given by the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.