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Mere offering of game of chance without monetary component not to be considered gambling or betting

The High Court of Bombay vide its order dated January 18, 2023, in the case of Play Games 24X7 Private Limited vs Reserve Bank of India and Anr., Writ Petition No. 3047 of 2022 has observed that the mere provision of a game of chance without offering monetary rewards should not be considered as betting …

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bombay high court sheds light on game of chance

Meity Notifies Appointment of Grievance Appellate Committees under IT Rules, 2021

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology have notified three Grievance Appellate Committees under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“Rules”). The Grievance Appellate Committees as envisaged under Rule 3A of the Rules were introduced vide an amendment notification dated October 28, 2022. The Rule 3A introduced a mechanism for …

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Analysis of Government Guidelines for Influencer and Celebrity Endorsements on Social Media

The Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has published (on January 20, 2023) guidelines to be adhered by influencers and celebrities in respect of endorsements on social media platforms. The guidelines are primarily applicable on individuals/groups who have access to an audience and the power to affect their audiences’ …

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MeitY Proposes Amendment to IT Rules, 2021 with the Intention of Curbing Fake News

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has notified amendment to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 (“2021 Rules”) on January 17, 2023. The proposed amendment to the Rule 3 (1)(b)(v) now reads as (with the proposed amendment highlighted in bold): ‘Rule 3 (1) (b) the intermediary shall inform …

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Analysis of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (‘MeitY’) recently released the (long-awaited) draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 (‘DPDP Bill’) on November 18, 2022, and solicited all relevant stakeholders to submit their suggestions and comments (no later than December 17, 2022).  The DPDP Bill constitutes the latest in a series of draft legislation propagated …

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Government releases draft rules for regulation of online gaming

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued (on January 2, 2023) the draft rules for regulation of online gaming in India. Interestingly, the proposed provisions have been introduced as an amendment to the existing Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. Further, the draft rules not only cover games …

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MIB’s steps-up scrutiny of local TV channels; issues new guidelines to regulate exclusive cable programming offered by Indian TV operators

The Indian Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (‘MIB’) has issued new ‘Guidelines Issued on Platform Services Offered by Multi System Operators’ (‘Guidelines’) based on the recommendations provided by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The Guidelines (dated November 30, 2022) are applicable to cable TV operators or Multi System Operators (‘MSO(s)’) operating in India.  The Guidelines provide …

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RBI Announces the Commencement of Digital Rupee in the Retail Segment

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) vide press release dated November 29, 2022, announced that it would be launching the first pilot for retail digital rupee (e₹-R) from December 1, 2022. This announcement has been notified pursuant to RBI’s previous press release dated October 31, 2022 wherein RBI announced the commencement of the first pilot …

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