According to Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, the government intends to enact “Light Touch” rules for Over the Top (OTT) platforms through the Telecom Bill. He also said that the changes would help subscribers stop getting calls and messages they don’t want.
The Union Minister of Railways, Communications, and Information Technology stated during a news conference that the measure would serve as a means of user protection.
“The regulation should, if possible, include highly efficient measures of achieving the goal. Wherever necessary, we must enact severe, effective laws; nevertheless, everywhere else, the rules will be straightforward and light-handed, putting everyone at ease. “This legislation will serve to protect users,” Vaishnaw stated.
The Union Minister added that the draught telecom bill is presently being discussed with all interested parties, and that the consultation results would be used to create the final document.
Applications such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal will be covered by the Telecom Bill. The term of telecom services in the proposed bill also includes over-the-top (OTT) and communication services, “added Mr. Vaishnaw.
According to the draught bill, phone and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Microsoft Teams, and Google Duo may soon need licences to function in India.
The Union Minister stated that after the measure is passed, they anticipate a decrease in cyberfraud.
The Hindu reported that Mr. Vaishnaw stated, “We have put in place a lot of measures for user protection and to prevent cyber fraud because, as you all know, there has been an increase in cases where people receive calls claiming to be from XYZ bank asking for financial information, which can lead to fraud, or they receive threats from unknown numbers. The minister added that, regardless of the type of call, if someone is calling me, I have the right to know who is calling. Every user has this right, which has been codified in the Act (new bill).
Users of mobile phones may benefit from this action by being protected from spam calls and fraudulent communications.
At least 6–10 months will pass before this bill becomes law. Following the consultation phase, we will draught the final version. After that, it will be sent to Parliament for review and approval. ” As the Minister stated, we anticipate a decrease in cyber fraud after it becomes legislation.