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Digital India Act 2023

Published on March 10, 2023

Current Context: The Digital India Act, 2023 is a new legislation that aims to overhaul the decades-old Information Technology Act, 2000. The Act covers a range of topics such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybercrime, data protection, deepfakes, competition issues among internet platforms, and online safety.

Digital India Act 2023
  • The Act will regulate various aspects of the digital industry, including social media companies, e-commerce platforms, search engines, gaming, telecom providers, over-the-top (OTT) platforms. It will also address open internet, online safety and trust, accountability and quality of service.
  • The Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar held the first-ever consultation on the proposed Digital India Act on March 10th and discussed rules to handle data captured by invasive gadgets like spy glasses and wearable devices. He said that the draft of the Act will be ready by April 2023.
  • The Digital India Act will deal with cybercrime by classifying new forms of cybercrime, such as cyberbullying, impersonation, identity theft, identify fraud, doxxing, and malicious unauthorized sharing of personal information, as new criminal offenses. It will also clarify which platforms will receive safe harbour protections and which ones will be liable for cybercrime activities on their platforms.
  • The Act will also update the existing laws for cybercrime that are based on the Information Technology Act, 2000. The current laws for cybercrime safeguard citizens from dispensing critical information to a stranger online and protect them from white-collar crimes to attacks by terrorists.

Question:

Q.1 Which of the following topics is NOT covered by the Digital India Act, 2023?
a. Artificial Intelligence 
b. Cyber crime
c. Data Protection
d. Space Exploration

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