Traceability on digital platforms can decrease user safety, privacy: Internet Society

The debate over the original creator of the message on digital platforms is likely to continue in India and requirements to comply with the proposed idea could have a negative impact on user security and privacy, according to a white paper from the Internet nonprofit. Society based in the United States.

The Internet Society in its recently published white paper on traceability and cyber security stated that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) proposed changes to the Information in late 2018 Technology (Guidelines for intermediaries) Rules in the field of information Technology Act, which would make the online platform or provider responsible for the content posted by its users, if traceability is not provided.

The government has asked social media and mobile messaging platforms to track senders of messages intending to disrupt law and order in the country. The rules and methodology for tracing the senders of offensive messages are being developed.

“Traceability is likely to continue to be a prominent topic in the debate in India on the rules for digital platforms and communication service providers. However, there are credible concerns about the security, privacy and effectiveness of the two methods more often. proposed to enable traceability, the use of digital signatures and the use of metadata, ”states the white paper.

The Internet Society said proposals to use digital signatures and the use of metadata (any date from source of digital information) have been suggested in India, which could force digital platforms to allow access to their users’ content.

“To comply with the traceability requirements, communications service providers would be forced to access the contents of user communications, greatly reducing the security and privacy of a system for all users and putting national security at risk,” says the white paper.

The Supreme Court upheld the right to privacy as a fundamental right but with some exceptions.

Noelle de Guzman, senior policy advisor to the Internet Society in Asia-Pacific, told PTI that the Indian government is right to think about how to keep its citizens in check and protected, both online and in real life.

“However, terrorism and disinformation are not an” Internet “challenge, but rather a broader social challenge involving human behavior. Solving this problem requires a much broader conversation that should engage the tech community to ensure sound practices of cybersecurity are part of the solution, “he said.

The Internet Society’s white paper states that making sure Internet services are reliable is the key to further expanding the usefulness of the Internet in India, and both the encryption and the confidentiality it guarantees are the foundation of that trust.

“The traceability proposals would break this confidence and represent a big step backwards from the digital progress that India has already achieved, “states the white paper.

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  • Solving this problem requires a much broader conversation that should engage the tech community to make sure sound cybersecurity practices are part of the solution, he said. India, and both encryption and the confidentiality it guarantees are the foundation of that trust. Traceability proposals would break that trust and represent a big step backwards from the digital advancement India has already achieved, the white paper states.
  • Traceability on digital platforms can decrease user safety, privacy: Internet Society