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Directorate General of Foreign Trade eases restriction on movement of used IT assets from Special Economic Zone to Domestic Tariff Area

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On 1st January 2024, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (“DGFT”) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification (“Notification 56/2023”), amending Paragraph 2.31 (under Chapter 2) of the Foreign Trade Policy 2023 (“FTP 2023”), which deals with import policy for second-hand goods. Notification 56/2023 inserts Paragraph 2.31 [I (e)] to provide relaxations […] Read More

DoT extends Guidelines for registration process of ‘Machine to Machine’ service providers & WPAN/WLAN Connectivity Provider for M2M Services to all entities

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The Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”) on 01st January 2024 issued an addendum to the guidelines dated 8th February 2022 for registration process of ‘Machine to Machine’ service providers & WPAN/WLAN connectivity providers for M2M Services (“M2M Guidelines”). The addendum extends the registration requirement under the M2M Guidelines to include all entities (including Government departments, institutions, […] Read More

The Telecommunications Act, 2023: An Overview

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On 24th December 2023, the Telecommunications Bill, 2023 received the President of India’s assent after passage in both houses of the parliament and became a law i.e., The Telecommunications Act, 2023 (“Telecom Act”). The Telecom Act has now become the prevailing law for the development, expansion, and operation of telecommunication services and telecommunication networks, assignment […] Read More

The Advertising Standards Council of India updates the Guidelines for Qualification of Brand Extension – Product or Service

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On 14th December 2023, the Advertising Standards Council of India (“ASCI”) updated the Guidelines for Qualification of Brand Extension – Product or Service (“Brand Extension Guidelines”) for the restricted category of products or services that are prohibited from advertising by law. These amendments have been introduced to target the brand extensions of restricted categories of products and […] Read More

The Advertising Standards Council of India releases the Draft Guidelines on Environmental/Green Claims for public consultation

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On 16th November 2023, the Advertising Standards Council of India (“ASCI”) released the Draft Guidelines on Environmental/Green Claims (“Draft Green Claims Guidelines”) inviting public feedback. ASCI, in its press release, outlined that the primary objective of these guidelines is to eradicate greenwashing practices and to ensure that advertisers present truthful and evidence-based environmental claims. As per the Draft Green Claims Guidelines, the […] Read More

Department of Consumer Affairs notifies the Guidelines for Prevention and Regulation of Dark Patterns, 2023

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On 30th November 2023, the Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”), notified the Guidelines for Prevention and Regulation of Dark Patterns, 2023 (“Dark Pattern Guidelines”). Earlier, in September 2023, the DCA along with the Advertising Standards Council of India (“ASCI”) had published the Draft Guidelines for Prevention and Regulation of Dark Patterns (“Draft Guidelines”), for public consultation. The Dark […] Read More

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change notifies the Green Credit Rules, 2023.

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On 12th October 2023, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”) notified the Green Credit Rules, 2023, to promote market-based incentives for environmental actions. The Green Credit Programme aims to incentivize private sector entities, industries, and other stakeholders to undertake activities that have a positive impact on the environment, such as tree plantation, […] Read More

MOEFCC notifies Plastic Waste Management (Second Amendment) Rules, 2023

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Introduction On 30th October 2023, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified the Plastic Waste Management (Second Amendment) Rules, 2023 (“PWM Amendment Rules”) to further amend the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (“PWM Rules“) which eases several compliance obligations for relevant stakeholders. The PWM Amendment Rules amends inter alia the marking and labelling […] Read More

TRAI issues Press Release for implementing the Digital Consent Acquisition under the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018

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On 7th November 2023, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a press release (“Press Release”) requesting Principal Entities (“PEs”) such as banks, other financial institutions, insurance companies, trading companies, business entities, real estate companies etc. to onboard the Digital Consent Acquisition (“DCA”) facility as per the timelines outlined in the direction issued by the TRAI […] Read More

Department of Consumer Affairs publishes the Draft Guidelines for Prevention and Regulation of Dark Patterns for public consultation

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On 7th September 2023, the Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”), along with the Advertising Standards Council of India (“ASCI”), published the Draft Guidelines for Prevention and Regulation of Dark Patterns (“Draft Dark Patterns Guidelines”), for public consultation. The Draft Dark Patterns Guidelines seek to prohibit persons and platforms from engaging in dark patterns. By way of brief background, […] Read More

Centre releases Additional Guidelines for Health and Wellness Celebrities, Influencers and Virtual Influencers

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On 10th August 2023, the Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”), under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution released Additional Influencers Guidelines for Health and Wellness Celebrities, Influencers, and Virtual Influencers (“Guidelines”). The Guidelines deal with misleading advertisements, unsubstantiated claims and ensure transparency in health and wellness endorsements and apply to medical practitioners […] Read More

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting issues Advisory on Surrogate Advertisements of Online Betting Platforms

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On 25th August 2023, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (“MIB”) issued an advisory to registered newspapers, private television channels, publishers of news and current affairs content on digital media, online advertisement intermediaries, and social media platforms asking them to refrain from publishing, broadcasting advertisements of online betting platforms and/or any such product/service depicting these […] Read More

Directorate General of Foreign Trade issues notification restricting import of laptops, tablets & computers

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On 3rd August 2023, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (“DGFT”) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification (“Notification 23/2023”) amending the Import Policy, restricting the import of laptops, tablets, All-in-one personal computers, and ultra-small form factor computers and servers falling under HSN 8471 of Chapter 84 of Schedule-I of the Import Policy. Read More

The Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 – India’s Data Protection Law

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On 11th August 2023, the Draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023 received President of India’s assent, after passage in both the Houses of the Parliament, and became a law i.e. the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 (“DPDP Act”). The DPDP Act provides a framework for processing of digital personal data in a manner that recognises the right of individuals to protect their personal data and the need to process personal data for lawful purposes. The DPDP Act will be implemented in phases through separate notifications. Read More

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights issues the Guidelines for Child and Adolescent Participation in the Entertainment Industry

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In May 2023, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights ("NCPCR”) issued Guidelines for Child and Adolescent Participation in the Entertainment Industry ("Guidelines”). The Guidelines supersede its previous iteration of 2011 and have been revised to ensure the welfare of children who are working in the entertainment industry and have taken into consideration the nature of issues that were brought before the NCPCR as well as the growing use of social media platforms and OTT platforms for creating entertainment content. Read More

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has issued the Draft Green Credit Implementation Rules, 2023 for public consultation.

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On 27th June, The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”) issued a notification pertaining to the Draft Green Credit Programme Implementation Rules, 2023 (“Green Credit Rules”) for public consultation. The Green Credit Programme aims to leverage a competitive market-based approach for Green Credits thereby incentivising voluntary environmental actions of various stakeholders such as private sector industries and companies as well as other entities. The Green Programme will enable such entities to meet their existing obligations, stemming from other legal frameworks, by taking actions which are able to converge with activities relevant for generating or buying Green Credits. The MoEFCC, vide notification dated 18th July 2023, has declared 31st July 2023 as the last date for seeking suggestions or comments regarding the Green Credit Rules. Read More

TRAI issues Direction for implementing AI/ML based UCC Detect System under Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018

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On 13th June 2023, TRAI issued a direction requiring all Access Providers to deploy Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning based UCC Detect System to detect, identify and act against senders of Commercial Communication who are not registered in accordance with the provisions of Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulations, 2018. Read More

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Rules, 2023

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On 31st May 2023, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Rules, 2023 (“COTPA 2023”). COTPA 2023 requires publishers of online curated content to display anti-tobacco health spots, warning messages, and audio-visual disclaimers while displaying any tobacco products or their use. These rules will come into force by 31st August 2023. Read More

TRAI issues directive for development of Digital Consent Acquisition facility

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On 2nd June, 2023, TRAI issued a Direction under the Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulations, 2018 to all the Access Providers to develop and deploy a Digital Consent Acquisition (“DCA”) facility. A DCA facility is a unified platform and process to register customers' consent digitally across all service providers and Principal Entities to curb spams through Unsolicited Commercial Communication. A period of two months has been allocated for the development of the DCA facility and will be implementing the same in a phased manner. Read More

The Indian Council of Medical Research released the Ethical Guidelines for Application of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Research and Healthcare

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In March 2023, the Indian Council of Medical Research (“ICMR”) released the Ethical Guidelines for Application of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Research and Healthcare. These guidelines have been issued to provide a framework for ethical conduct and to address ethical challenges pertaining to artificial intelligence (“AI”) in the field of biomedical research and healthcare. As per the ICMR, the guidelines are a “living document and will be updated as ethics in AI evolve”. Read More

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry Notifies the Foreign Trade Policy 2023

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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (“Ministry”) notified the Foreign Trade Policy 2023 (“FTP 2023”) on 31st March 2023 which came into effect on 1st April 2023. FTP 2023 seeks to inter alia promote ease of doing business for exporters and improve the business environment in the country. Unlike its predecessors, the FTP 2023 is a dynamic policy with a long-term focus that will be revised as and when required. The 2023 policy is based on four pillars: (i) Incentive to Remission, (ii) Export Promotion through Collaboration – Exporters, States, Districts, and Indian Missions, (iii) Ease of Doing Business, reduction in transaction cost, and e-initiatives, (iv) Emerging Areas – E-commerce Developing Districts as Export Hubs. Read More

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has released its recommendations on “Ease of Doing Business in Telecom and Broadcasting Sector”

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On 8th December 2021, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) had suo-moto issued a consultation paper to undertake a holistic review of all licenses, approvals, authorisations, etc. in the Telecom and Broadcasting sectors. Previously, TRAI had undertaken consultations only with respect to the Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”) and the Ministry of Information (“MIB”) from an ease of doing business perspective. However, the current exercise undertaken by TRAI spans multiple ministries/ departments wherein the “application process, compliance process, information submission and payment process through the life-cycle of licenses have been studied”. Based on the inputs and comments received from various stakeholders, the TRAI has released its recommendations on “Ease of Doing Business in Telecom and Broadcasting Sector” on 2nd May 2023. Read More

Union Cabinet approves National Medical Device Policy 2023

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On 26th April 2023, the Union Cabinet approved the National Medical Device Policy 2023 (“Policy”). The Policy aims to ensure access to patent-centric, innovative and affordable healthcare products of excellent quality for better healthcare outcomes and is also aimed at achieving a 10-12% share in the expanding global market over the next 25 years. Read More

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology notifies the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Amendment Rules, 2023 to regulate online gaming

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Snippet: On 6th April 2023, the MeitY notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Amendment Rules, 2023 to regulate online gaming and the implementation of a fact checking unit by the Government. The Notified Rules introduce definitions of online games, online real money game (“online RMG”), permissible online real money game, online gaming intermediary (“OGI”), etc. The Notified Rules further specify additional obligations to be adhered to by OGIs and seek to designate as Self-Regulatory Bodies for verifying permissible online RMGs. Read More

The Reserve Bank of India issues Master Directions on Outsourcing of Information Technology Services

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On 10th April 2023, the Reserve Bank of India ("RBI”) issued the Master Directions on Outsourcing of Information Technology Services. These directions have been released in furtherance of the relevant proposal made in the Statement on Development and Regulatory Policies dated 10th February 2022 as well as the consultative process undertaken by the RBI in June 2022 in this regard. As per RBI’s notification, the underlying principle for issuing these directions is to ensure that the ability of Regulated Entities to fulfil their obligations is not diminished and that the outsourcing arrangement(s) do not impede effective supervision by the RBI. These directions will come into effect from 1st October, 2023. Read More

DoT notifies the Indian Wireless Telegraphy (Cell Broadcasting Service for Disaster Alerts) Rules, 2023.

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On 10th April, 2023 the Department of Telecommunications notified the Indian Wireless Telegraphy (Cell Broadcasting Service for Disaster Alerts) Rules, 2023 introducing mandatory “cell broadcast” of messages on smartphones and feature phones for providing alerts during disasters/emergencies. Read More

Uttar Pradesh Government notifies the Uttar Pradesh Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy 2022

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The State of Uttar Pradesh (“UP”) recently notified the Electric Vehicle Manufacturing & Mobility Policy 2022 (“EV Policy”). The EV Policy is notified with the aim of promoting the adoption of EVs and clean mobility solutions in the state of UP. Further, the EV Policy seeks to make UP a preferred investment jurisdiction at a global level for the development of the electronic vehicle ecosystem. It has identified the creation of charging infrastructure, faster EV adoption, and the manufacture of EV/batteries as the three pillars for promoting the EV industry in the state of UP. The notification of the EV Policy repeals the Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy that was released in August 2019. Read More

Presentation by Hon’ble Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology on the proposed Digital India Act 2023

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On 10th March 2023, the Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Electronics and Information Technology held public consultations with stakeholders on the architecture and framework of the proposed “Digital India Act 2023” (“DIA”), which is expected to replace the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”). The Hon’ble Minister gave a presentation outlining the principles of the proposed DIA to the concerned stakeholders and subsequently published the same on the website of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”). Broadly, the proposed DIA is likely to adopt a ‘principles & rule-based approach’ and less prescriptive to rapidly create, modify, and enforce regulations. A principle-based regime, under the proposed DIA would provide a legislative framework to be governed by certain principles and effective measures would be prescribed for securing compliance with the ever-evolving rule of law. Read More

MIB’s Advisory on Obligation of Public Broadcasting

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On 9th November 2022, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (“MIB”) issued the “Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels in India, 2022” (“Guidelines”). The Guidelines stated that private broadcasters may undertake public service broadcasting for 30 minutes every day. Accordingly, on 30th January 2023 the MIB has issued an “Advisory” outlining the manner in which private broadcasters may undertake the public service broadcasting through voluntary compliance and self-certification. The advisory further states that private satellite TV Channels are advised to report public service broadcasting in the manner prescribed with effect from 1st March 2023. Read More

TRAI releases the Consultation Paper on Regulating Converged Digital Technologies and Services – Enabling Convergence of Carriage of Broadcasting and Telecommunication Services

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On 30th January 2023, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) released a Consultation Paper on Regulating Converged Digital Technologies and Services – Enabling Convergence of Carriage of Broadcasting and Telecommunication Services (“CP”) inviting public consultation on the same. The last date for the submission of comments is 27th March 2023 and the counter comments is 10th April 2023. The CP inter alia discusses concerns pertaining to the convergence of the telecommunication and broadcasting sector due to technological advancements. It specifically highlights that the difference in policy structure and regulatory framework for the regulation of telecommunication and broadcasting sectors causes governance challenges, such as the requirement to obtain multiple licenses for the same technology, regulatory ambiguity with respect to the outcomes of converged technologies, and demarcated administration of the converged digital services. In light of the same, it suggests the introduction of a single code to govern these technologies since the convergence of telecommunication and broadcasting services at the statutory and administrative levels will help in the implementation of ease of doing business. Read More

Department of Revenue brings Virtual Digital Assets within the Ambit of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002

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On 7th March 2023, the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance issued a notification bringing certain activities related to virtual digital assets (“VDA”) within the ambit of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (“PMLA”). As per the notification, activities including, inter alia, exchange between VDAs and fiat currencies, exchange between different forms of VDAs, transfer and safekeeping of VDAs, when carried out in the course of business, for or on behalf of another person, would be subject to the provisions of the PMLA. Read More

MIB has issued an advisory to private satellite television channels against airing distressing images and disturbing footage

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On 9th January 2023, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ("MIB”) issued an advisory to private satellite television channels cautioning them against broadcasting distressing images and disturbing footage in a manner that violates the Programme Code enshrined under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. MIB noted that showing such images and footage without taking appropriate precautions, such as blurring the images or showing them in a long shot, compromises “good taste and decency” which goes against the spirit of the Programme Code. Read More

Centre Notifies three Grievance Appellate Committees under Rule 3A of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021

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On 27th January 2023, the Centre notified three Grievance Appellate Committees (“GAC”) under Rule 3A of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The Centre appointed three members each to the three GACs so notified. The Press Release that accompanied the notification reiterates that the operations of the GAC will be completely online including the filing of appeals and the decisions pertaining to such appeals will also be digitally delivered. The press release also provides the link to the website where such appeals are required to be filed. The website is scheduled to be operationalized from 1st March 2023. Read More

Government to hold public consultation on proposed amendment of IT rules with respect to fact checking misinformation by Government and due diligence by intermediary to prevent sharing of false, untrue or misleading information

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will hold a public consultation on an amendment proposed to rule 3(1)(b)(v) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 with respect to due diligence obligations of social media and other intermediaries, regarding fact checking misinformation by Government to prevent sharing false, untrue or misleading information. Read More

MeitY has proposed amendments, in relation to ‘online games’ and ‘online gaming intermediaries’, to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology ("MeitY”) has proposed amendments in relation to ‘online games’ and ‘online gaming intermediaries’ to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 ("IT Rules”). The proposed amendments follow the amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business Rules), 1961, notified on 23rd December 2022, that brought “matters relating to online gaming” within the jurisdiction of the MeitY. Read More

Bureau of Indian Standards publishes standard for USB Type C receptacles, plugs and cables.

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On 9th January, 2023, the Bureau of Indian Standards established and notified the Indian Standard i.e. “IS/IEC 62680-1-3:2022 Universal Serial Bus Interfaces for Data and Power Part 1 Common Components Section 3 USB Type-C Cable and Connector Specification” for USB Type C receptacles, plugs and cables. The Standard has been established to assist with the Government’s mission to reduce e-waste and move towards sustainable development as it would provide common charging solutions for smartphones and other electronic devices, in turn, reducing the number of chargers per consumer. Read More

The Department of Consumer Affairs releases ‘Endorsement Know-hows!’ For Celebrities, Influencers, and Virtual Influencers on Social Media Platforms

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On 3rd January 2023, the Ministry of Communication notified the Indian Telegraph (Infrastructure Safety) Rules, 2022 (“Rules”). The Rules require any persons excavating land in pursuance of their legal right to provide telecom licensees a notice prior to such excavation. This is to ensure that such excavation does not damage any component of the telegraph infrastructure that falls under, over, or along the property that the person seeks to excavate. The Rules seek to prevent the losses incurred due to the damage caused to telecom infrastructure as a result of digging or excavation activities. Read More

Ministry of Communications Notifies the Indian Telegraph (Infrastructure Safety) Rules, 2022

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On 3rd January 2023, the Ministry of Communication notified the Indian Telegraph (Infrastructure Safety) Rules, 2022 (“Rules”). The Rules require any persons excavating land in pursuance of their legal right to provide telecom licensees a notice prior to such excavation. This is to ensure that such excavation does not damage any component of the telegraph infrastructure that falls under, over, or along the property that the person seeks to excavate. The Rules seek to prevent the losses incurred due to the damage caused to telecom infrastructure as a result of digging or excavation activities. Read More

Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill 2022 – A brief review

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On 22nd December 2022, the Hon’ble Minister for Industry and Commerce introduced the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2022 (“Bill”) which seeks to decriminalise minor offences and rationalise monetary penalties by amending 183 provisions across 42 acts. The Bill has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee which is expected to submit its report in the upcoming budget session of the Parliament. Read More

TRAI releases Recommendations on Regulatory Framework for Promoting Data Economy Through Establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnected Exchanges in India

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) released Recommendations on Regulatory Framework for Promoting Data Economy Through the Establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnected Exchanges in India (“Recommendations”) that seek to create a framework for the same. Among other things, TRAI recommends incentive schemes, the establishment of a National Single Window System, and the creation of a statutory body called the Data Digitization and Monetization Council. Read More

The Central Pollution Control Board issues a General Framework for Imposing Environmental Damage Compensation

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The Central Pollution Control Board issues a General Framework for Imposing Environmental Damage Compensation. Read More

The Department of Consumer Affairs Launches the Framework for Safeguarding and Protecting Consumer Interest from Fake and Deceptive Reviews on e-Commerce Websites in the form of an Indian Standard developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards

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On 21st November 2022, the Department of Consumer Affairs launched a standard developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards ("BIS”), namely Indian Standard (IS) 19000:2022 ‘Online Consumer Reviews — Principles and Requirements for their Collection, Moderation and Publication’ (“Standard”), to provide a framework for safeguarding and protecting consumer interest from fake and deceptive reviews on e-commerce platforms. Read More

The Reserve Bank of India Launches the Digital Rupee Pilot Program in the Retail Segment

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After the launch of the pilot program of the Central Bank Digital Currency ("CBDC”) in the wholesale segment, the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), vide a press release issued on 29th November 2022, launched the first pilot program of the CBDC in the retail segment ("CBDC-R”) on 1st December 2022. The CBDC-R has been launched in four cities, for participating customers and merchants in a closed user group, in the form of a digital token that represents legal tender with features of physical cash like “trust, safety and settlement finality”. Read More

Ministry of Information and Technology Notifies the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media and Ethics Code) Amendment Rules, 2022

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On 28th October 2022, the Ministry of Information and Technology notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media and Ethics Code) Amendment Rules, (“Amended Rules”). The notification of the Amended Rules was preceded by circulation of draft amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code), 2021 (“IT Rules”) which was released for public consultation on 6th June 2022. Read More

MOEFCC notifies E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022

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On 2nd November 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”) notified the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022 (“New Rules”) in furtherance of the Draft E-Waste (Management) Rules published in May 2022 for public consultation. Read More

The Union Cabinet approves the Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels in India, 2022

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The Union Cabinet approved the "Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels in India, 2022" (“Guidelines”) on 9th November 2022. The Guidelines have been issued with the intent to liberalise, consolidate and simplify the erstwhile 2011 and 2005 Guidelines on the subject, and inter alia deals with permissions to entities for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television (“TV”) Channels, setting up of Teleports, Teleport Hubs, use of Digital Satellite News Gathering (“DSNG”)/ Satellite News Gathering (“SNG”) Electronic News Gathering (“ENG”) systems, uplinking by Indian News agencies and temporary uplinking of a live event. Read More

The Reserve Bank of India’s Digital Rupee Pilot Program Commences in the Wholesale Segment

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On 1st November 2022, the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) commenced its pilot program on Digital Rupee in the wholesale segment. The use case for this pilot programme is “settlement of secondary market transactions in government securities”. As per RBI’s Press Release, “settlement in central bank money would reduce transaction costs by pre-empting the need for settlement guarantee infrastructure or for collateral to mitigate settlement risk”, making the inter-bank market more efficient. Read More

The Department of Telecommunications Notifies Rules Requiring Manufacturers and Importers of Mobile Devices to Mandatorily Register the IMEI Number of Mobile Phones

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The Department of Telecommunication (“DoT”), on 26th September 2022, notified the Prevention of tampering of the Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number (Amendment) Rules, 2022 requiring manufacturers and importers of mobile devices to mandatorily register the IMEI number of every mobile phone with the Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction portal of the DoT. Read More

SEBI has issued a circular announcing its participation in RBI’s Account Aggregator framework

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SEBI, vide Circular dated 19th August 2022, has formally joined the Account Aggregator framework that was introduced by the Reserve Bank of India in the year 2016. Through the circular, SEBI has directed asset management companies and depositories to act as Financial Information Providers in the securities market and share financial information with the Financial Information Users through RBI’s registered Account Aggregators Read More

Delhi High Court confirms that Payment Aggregator will fall within the definition of “Payment System”

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The Division Bench of the Delhi High Court in Lotus Pay Solutions Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. vs. Union of India & Ors. recently held that “payment aggregators” will fall within the definition of a “payment system” under Section 23A of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007. Read More

Surrogate Advertisements in India – Progress or Overkill?

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Advertising laws in India prohibit/regulate advertisement of goods, like cigarettes, alcohol, tobacco, and related products, that are injurious to health. For marketing these prohibited goods, advertisers use surrogate advertisements which, although generally prohibited in India, are allowed under limited conditions as ‘brand extensions’ under various laws which permit the use of the brand/logo of such prohibited products in advertisements of products that are not prohibited under law. While the recently released guidelines on misleading advertisement by the Central Consumer Protection Authority (“CCPA”) appear to be completely banning the use of, inter alia, brand, logo etc. of the prohibited goods and services in advertisements, the proviso to the guideline on surrogate advertisement potentially provides discretion to the CCPA to decide whether an advertisement would be objectionable under the guidelines. Read More

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs issues Guidelines for Arrest and Bail.

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In view of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Siddharth v. The State of Uttar Pradesh dated 16th August 2021, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs recently issued guidelines regarding arrest and bail for the offences that are punishable under Section 132 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. Read More

Ministry of Corporate Affairs notifies the Companies (Incorporation) Third Amendment Rules, 2022 introducing the Procedure for Physical Verification of Registered Office Addresses under Rule 25B .

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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs recently notified the Companies (Incorporation) Third Amendment Rules, 2022 (“Amendment Rules”) on 18th August 2022. Under the Amendment Rules, the newly inserted Rule 25B provides the procedure for physical verification of a registered office of a company by the Registrar of Companies. Read More

RBI seeks public feedback on its discussion paper on Charges in Payment Systems.

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The RBI has issued a Discussion Paper on “Charges in Payment Systems” (“Discussion Paper”) on August 17, 2022, for public feedback. Earlier, in the “Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies” dated December 08, 2021, the RBI, among other things, had discussed the need to issue a discussion paper on the said subject. Read More

Department of Consumer Affairs invites public consultation on a proposed amendment to the Packaged Commodities Rules for declaring two or more prime constituents of the commodity with the brand name/logo

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The Legal Metrology Division of the Department of Consumer Affairs has invited public consultation on the proposed introduction of a provision to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 for declaring two or more prime constituents of a commodity with the brand name/logo on the front side of the package of the commodity. The deadline for submitting comments and suggestions on the proposed amendment is 31st August 2022. Read More

MoEFCC notifies the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022

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In February 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”) had issued Draft Battery Waste Management Rules, 2020 for public consultation. Subsequently, on 24th August 2022, the MoEFCC notified the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022 (“BWM Rules”). The BWM Rules supersede the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001 that dealt with the management of lead acid batteries. Read More

RBI reinforces timeline of 1st October 2022 for purging Actual Card Data/Card-on-File data for all entities other than the card issuers/card networks and provides limited interim measures for easy transition

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The RBI, through its circular dated 28th July 2022, has reinforced its timeline of 1st October 2022 relating to the storage requirements pertaining to Actual Card Data/Card-on-File data (“CoF data”) mandating all entities in the card transaction/payment chain, other than the card issuers and/or card networks to stop storing CoF data and any such data stored previously shall be purged. The circular demarcates interim measures for a limited category of transactions, to other entities in the card transaction chain, for the purposes of easy transition to an alternate system. Read More

Apex Court upholds Enforcement Directorate’s Power of Arrest, Attachment, Search and Seizure and the ‘twin-conditions’ of Bail under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002

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The Supreme Court on 27th July 2022, in the case of Vijay Madanlal Choudhary & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors. SLP (CRL) 4634 of 2014 upheld the constitutional validity of specific provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (“PMLA”) relating to powers of the Enforcement Directorate (“ED”) under Sections 5, 8(4), 15, 17, and 19 and the ‘twin-conditions’ for bail under Section 45 of the PMLA. Read More

RBI issues Guidelines to Regulate Digital Lending

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The Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), on 10th August 2022, released guidelines for digital lending (“Digital Lending Guidelines”) to provide a regulatory framework pertaining to lending activities conducted by FinTech and Digital Lending Applications (“DLA”). Read More

Department of Consumer Affairs sets up a committee to construct the Right to Repair Framework in India

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The Department of Consumer Affairs has set up a committee to develop a comprehensive framework on the Right to Repair in India. The committee held its first meeting on 13th July, 2022 and identified various sectors, including, Farming Equipment, Mobile Phones/Tablets, Consumer Durables, and Automobiles/Automobile Equipment, for constructing the R2R framework. Read More

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued a consultation paper on the “Rationalization of Entry Fee and Bank Guarantees” – a brief review of the proposed framework

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) has issued a consultation paper (“CP”) on the “Rationalization of Entry Fee and Bank Guarantees” and has sought comments from stakeholders by 23rd August, 2022 and counter-comments by 6th September, 2022. Read More

The Ministry of Communication issues a consultation paper on the “Need for a new legal framework governing Telecommunication in India” – a brief review of the proposed legal framework

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The Ministry of Communications (“MoC”) has issued a consultation paper on the “Need for a new legal framework governing Telecommunication in India”. While issuing the consultation paper, the MoC noted that the “India needs a new law which is clear, precise, and attuned to the realities of the sector for realizing the potential of telecommunication.” The MoC has sought suggestions from the public regarding the consultation paper until 25th August 2022. Read More

The Department of Commerce notifies the Special Economic Zones (Third Amendment) Rules, 2022 for making a provision for ‘Work from Home’

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The Department of Commerce, on 14th July 2022, notified the Special Economic Zones (Third Amendment) Rules, 2022 (“SEZ WFH Rules”), amending the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006 (“SEZ Rules”) by inserting Rule 43A for “Work from Home”/“WFH” in Special Economic Zones (“SEZ”) with the intent to align the ‘Work from Home’ policies across all SEZs in India. Read More

UK Government Decides Against Banning Video Game Loot Boxes

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After a 22-month consultation, the UK Government has decided not to ban loot boxes in video games and has asked the stakeholders in the gaming industry to self-regulate loot box purchases. Read More

Department of Consumer Affairs notifies the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022

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On 14th July, 2022, the Department of Consumer Affairs notified, with immediate effect, the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022 (“Second Amendment Rules”). Read More

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare seeks comments on the Draft Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Bill 2022 – a brief review on proposed Medical Devices related implications

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“MoHFW”) has issued the Draft “Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Bill, 2022” (“ DMDC Bill”) which specifically regulates medical devices apart from Drugs and Cosmetics. While issuing the draft DMDC Bill, the MoHFW noted that the “Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 is a pre-independence legislation enacted by the Central Legislative Assembly. Review of obsolete laws and updating of the existing laws is a continuing process to accommodate changed requirements and adaptation of new technology.” Read More

MoEFCC notifies the Plastic Waste Management (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022

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In January 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”) had issued Draft Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2022 for public consultation which proposed amendments to the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (“PWM Rules, 2016”). Read More

The Central Consumer Protection Authority has issued guidelines to prevent unfair trade practices and protection of consumer interest with regard to levy of service charge in hotels and restaurants

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The Central Consumer Protection Authority (“CCPA”) established under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 has issued Guidelines to prevent unfair trade practices and protection of consumer interest with regard to levy of service charge in hotels and restaurants (“Guidelines”) on 4th July 2022. Read More

MoEFCC seeks comments on the proposed amendments to the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”), on 1st July 2022, sought comments and suggestions on the proposed draft amendments to some of the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (“EPA”), particularly those related to penalty and imprisonment. Read More

Draft Regulatory Guidelines for Child Participation in the Entertainment Industry or any Commercial Entertainment Activity

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The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (“NCPCR”) on 24th June 2022 has released the Draft Regulatory Guidelines for Child Participation in the Entertainment Industry or Any Commercial Entertainment Activity (“Draft Guidelines”), which is available on its website for 30 days for public comments. The Draft Guidelines have been developed with the aim of ensuring a healthy work environment with minimal physical and psychological stress for children. Read More

Ban on Identified Single Use Plastic comes into effect from 1st July 2022

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”)had notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021 (“2021 Amendment Rules”) on 12 August 2021, prohibiting the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of specific and identified single use plastic (“SUP”), including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene. Read More

Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry launches the Indian Business Portal

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Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry launched the Indian Business Portal (“IBP”), an international trade hub for Indian Exporters and Foreign Buyers designed by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (“FIEO”) in partnership with GlobalLinker. The IBP is a B2B digital marketplace to empower SME exporters, artisans and farmers to identify new markets for their products and grow their sales globally. Read More

DoT extends the deadline of Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment for Phase III and Phase IV products

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The Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”), on 13th June, 2022, issued a notification extending the deadline for testing and certification of telecom equipment under Phase III and Phase IV of Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (“MTCTE”) as well as acceptance of reports issued by labs accredited to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (“ILAC”) by one year, i.e. till 1st July 2023. Earlier this year, the DoT had, vide an amendment notification, modified compliance requirements pertaining to Phase III and Phase IV of the MTCTE. Read More

Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022

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In furtherance of the powers of the Central Consumer Protection Authority (“CCPA”) under Section 18 (2)(l) of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (“CPA 2019”), the Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022 (“Advertisement Guidelines”) were notified on 9th June 2022 with an objective to “curb misleading advertisements and protect the consumers, who may be exploited or affected by such advertisements”. Read More

MeitY publishes amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 for public consultation

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”), on 6th June, 2022, published proposed amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”), which were notified on 25th February, 2021, for public consultation and stakeholder comments. Read More

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Notifies Sporting Events of National Importance

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (“MIB”) on 9th May 2022, notified certain events as sporting events of national importance. Read More

Report of The Company Law Committee (2022)

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The Company Law Committee presented its Report (“CLC Report”) to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 21st March 2022, making recommendations to the Government of India on, inter alia, changes aimed at facilitating and promoting greater ease of doing business in India and effective implementation of the Companies Act, 2013, the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 (“LLP Act”) and the Rules made thereunder. Read More

The Department of Telecom exempts certain products from mandatory testing requirements

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The Department of Telecom (“DoT”) in consultation with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeITy”), vide notification dated May 24, 2022, decided to exempt the following products (“exempted products”) from the ambit of Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (“MTCTE”) regime Read More

MoEFCC publishes Draft E-Waste (Management) Rules for public consultation

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change ("MoEFCC") published the Draft E-Waste (Management) Rules ("Draft Rules") for public consultation. The Draft Rules will be taken into consideration by the Central Government on/after 18th July, 2022, and if notified, shall supersede the E- Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 ("2016 Rules"). Read More

MeitY publishes the Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy for public consultation

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On 26th May 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology ("MeitY") published the Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy ("NDGFP") for public consultation. The last date for submission of comments is 11th June 2022. The Preamble of the Draft NDGFP highlights the rapid growth of the economy and digitization of governance in India. It notes the value of data-driven governance during the COVID-19 era while recognising the accelerating rate of digitization and the volume and velocity of data generated in present times. The Draft NDGFP has been published with the aim to utilise this data to improve citizens' experience and engagement with the government. Read More

Blocking of Youtube Channels and Facebook Accounts by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (“MIB”), in exercise of its powers under Rule 16 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“Digital Media Rules”), issued two orders on 22nd April 2022 for blocking of 16 YouTube based news channels and 1 Facebook account for spreading fake news on India’s foreign relations, national security, public order and communal harmony. The MIB had earlier issued similar orders for blocking websites, channels and social media accounts. Read More

CERT-In publishes Frequently Asked Questions in furtherance of its Cyber Security Directions

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The CERT-In has published Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ’s”) in furtherance of its Cyber Security Directions dated 28th April 2022 (“CERT-In Directions”). The FAQ’s are a response to the general queries received by the CERT-In. Read More

India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement 2022

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The India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement ("CEPA") has been entered into with the intent to pursue a wide-ranging economic partnership as opposed to a less expansive Free Trade Agreement ("FTA"). Read More

Ministry of Consumer Affairs Notifies the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2022

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The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution notified the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2022 on 28th March 2022. Read More

PlL in Delhi HC Challenges Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022

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A Public Interest Litigation (“PIL”) has been filed in the Delhi High Court in April 2022, challenging the constitutional validity of the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022 (“the Act”). Read More

Nobody can be forcefully vaccinated – Supreme Court rules against Mandatory Vaccination

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Dr. Jacob Puliyel ("Petitioner"), a former member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization ("NTAGI") had filed a public interest litigation challenging the constitutional validity of vaccine mandates imposed by States, particularly Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Read More

The Reserve Bank of India issues Credit Card and Debit Card – Issuance and Conduct Directions, 2022

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In exercise of its powers under Sections 35A and Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and Chapter IIIB of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) issued the Credit Card and Debit Card – Issuance and Conduct Directions, 2022 (“Directions”) on April 21, 2022. The Directions shall become effective from July 01, 2022. Read More

CERT-In issues Directions for information security practices, procedure, prevention, response and reporting of cyber incidents

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On 28th April 2022, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team ("CERT-In") issued 'Directions under Section 70B (6) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 ("IT Act") enlarging reporting obligations of several categories of corporate organizations in relation to information security practices, procedure, prevention, response and reporting of cyber incidents for Safe & Trusted Internet' ("Directions"). Read More

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issues Advisory to private TV News Channels on scandalous headlines, false claims and unparliamentary language.

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ("MIB") on 23 April 2022, issued an advisory to private TV news channels, for coverage of events and incidents in a manner violative of the Programme Code framed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 ("the Act") and advised them to refrain from airing such content. Read More

Production units in film industry to constitute committees for complaints on sexual harassment – Kerala High Court

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In a significant development for the film industry, the Kerala High Court has ruled that each film production unit would have to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (“ICC”), to deal with complaints of harassment against women. Read More

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Launches Broadcast Seva Portal

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ("MIB"), on 4th April 2022, launched the revamped Broadcast Seva Portal as a single point facility for various stakeholders of the broadcasting sector. Read More

Ministry of Corporate Affairs introduces CSR-2 Form

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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has introduced a new form for Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) reporting, i.e. the CSR-2 form. The new form, CSR-2, was notified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 11th February, 2022 vide the Companies (Accounts) Amendment Rules, 2022. Read More

Draft Uniform Code for Medical Device Marketing Practices 2022

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The Department of Pharmaceuticals has released Draft Uniform Code for Medical Device Marketing Practices 2022 (“Draft Code”). Read More

Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021

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The Department of Consumer Affairs recently notified the Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021 (“Direct Selling Rules”) on December 28, 2021, in accordance with Section 101 (2) (zg) read with Section 94 of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 with the intent to regulate the Direct selling industry (engaged in activities involving multi-level marketing, pyramid schemes etc.) which was largely unregulated. A Direct Selling Entity (“DSE”) is a principal entity, which sells or offers to sell goods or services through direct sellers who undertake direct selling business on a principal-to-principal basis. Read More

Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2022

Trade & Regulatory Compliance Updates

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (“MoEFCC”) inserted Schedule II, Guidelines on Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Packaging (“EPR Guidelines”) as an Amendment to the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (“PWM Rules”). This is in furtherance to the responsibility of Producers, Importers and Brand Owners (“PIBO’s”) demarcated under Rule 9 (1) of the PWM Rules. Extended Producer Responsibility is a regulatory approach as per which PIBO’s are required to ensure responsible collection channelisation, treatment and/or disposal of plastic waste. Read More

Addressing Misinformation and Rumours on Social Media – Authentication of Social Media Accounts not to be made Mandatory

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In a significant step, the Government has clarified in Parliament that there is no proposal at present to bring in a separate law to ensure and authenticate all social media accounts or for linking a government identity with social media accounts of individuals. Read More

Modifications to compliance obligations under Phase III and Phase IV of the MTCTE Regime

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The Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”) has, vide an Amendment Notification dated 31 January 2022 (“Amendment Notification”), modified certain important compliance requirements pertaining to Phase III and Phase IV of the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (“MTCTE”) regime. These modifications amend certain requirements previously notified by the DoT on 22 September 2021. Read More

Proposed decriminalization of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009

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The Department of Consumer Affairs, Legal Metrology Division had invited stakeholder consultations on the proposal for decriminalization of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (“LM Act”) on 13 July, 2020. The LM Act is the primary instrument which establishes, enforces and regulates the standards of weights and measures in the country. Revisions have been suggested for penalties between Sections 25 and 53 of the LM Act governing the manufacture or sale of non standard weights, selling of non-standard packaging with incorrect mandatory declarations, etc. Read More

Draft India Data Accessibility and Use Policy 2022

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”), on 21st February 2022, released a Draft India Data Accessibility and Use Policy ("Draft Policy"), along with a Background Note on the same. The Draft Policy is aimed at transforming India’s ability to harness public sector data, in pursuit of the higher goal of social transformation. It envisages both government to public data sharing through the existing open data sharing portal as well as government to government data sharing. Read More

Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2021

Trade & Regulatory Compliance Updates

The amendments to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 (“LMPC Rules”), notified on 2nd November 2021 are set to take effect on 1sT April 2022. The LMPC Rules provide for, among other things, the mandatory declarations that should appear on labels of prepackaged commodities, where the declarations should appear and the manner in which they should appear. Read More

The Advertising Standards Council of India ‘Guidelines for advertising of Virtual Digital Assets and Linked Services’

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The massive growth in the cryptocurrency market in India has led to a steep rise of advertisements in cryptocurrency exchanges. With the aim to prevent misleading advertisements and present the end consumer Read More

M2M Service Provider Guidelines

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The Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”) on 18th February 2022 released ‘Guidelines for registration process of ‘Machine to Machine' service providers & WPAN/WLAN Connectivity Provider for M2M Services' (“Guidelines”). Read More

The Advertising Standards Council of India ‘Guidelines for Influencer Advertising in Digital Media’

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The Advertising Standards Council of India (“ASCI”) on 27 May 2021 released the 'Guidelines for Influencer Advertising in Digital Media' (“Guidelines”). The objective of the Guidelines is to enable the consumers to differentiate between the content created by influencers in the general scheme of things to that from content created with a promotional/profit-making intent. Contextually, the Guidelines have been created to prevent the circulation of promotional posts and campaigns that may exploit the lack of knowledge of the consumer, mislead the consumer and abuse their trust. Read More

Protection and Enforcement of the Rights of Consumers as a “Class” in India

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"Consumerism" as a concept is universal and has been in existence since the origin of trade and commerce in human civilisation. Every individual is or has the potential to be a "consumer" irrespective of age, social order, gender or region. Read More

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Protection and Enforcement of the Rights of Consumers as a “Class” in India

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"Consumerism" as a concept is universal and has been in existence since the origin of trade and commerce in human civilisation. Every individual is or has the potential to be a "consumer" irrespective of age, social order, gender or region. Read More

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