Efforts to increase intermediary liability for online content will heighten reputational and compliance risks

Predictions

  • Efforts to increase intermediary liability for online content will heighten reputational and compliance risks in tech sector in coming years
  • New Indian regulations, which will inform global policy approaches, will face substantial opposition but government unlikely to show great flexibility
  • Moves to shift burden of content regulation onto intermediaries suggest risk of ISPs and carriers being required to play greater roles in long term

Event

Delhi’s High Court confirmed on 9 March that it would hear the first legal challenges to India’s new rules regulating online digital content, on 16 April. The legislation aims to increase companies’ legal accountability for content shared on their online platforms and covers messaging services such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram, and social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Falanx Assynt is a global intelligence consultancy and leading provider of geopolitical, strategic and business risk analysis since 2003. Falanx Assynt is part of Falanx Group Ltd (LON:FLX) which, through its subsidiaries, provides cyber defence and intelligence services to blue chip and government clients worldwide.

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