The government has started inter-departmental and industry consultations to revamp the information technology (IT) Act, 2000 in order to stay abreast with various technological advances in the social media, e-commerce, cybercrime and digital payments space.

In this regard, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has reportedly reached out to stakeholder ministries, including the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Telecommunication (DoT) for their inputs.

Following MeitY’s demand, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has written to industry bodies including National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and Assocham.

DPIIT has asked industry bodies to share inputs and suggestions pertaining to the amendment in the IT Act, 2000, which include studies, committee reports, court advisories and global best practices.

Earlier, in February 2020, the Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had disclosed the plan to revamp the IT Act, citing shifts in technology since the last decade.