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Information Technology Rules 2011

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Information Technology Rules 2011


G.S.R. 314(E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (zg) of subsection (2) of section 87 read with sub-section (2) of section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely.-


1. Short title and commencement —


(1) These rules may be called the Information Technology (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011.


(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazett


2. Definitions —


(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,–


(a) “Act” means the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);


(b) “Communication link” means a connection between a hyperlink or graphical element (button, drawing, image) and one or more such items in the same or different electronic document wherein upon clicking on a hyperlinked item, the user is automatically transferred to the other end of the hyperlink which could be another document website or graphical element.


(c) “Computer resource” means computer resources as defined in clause (k) of sub- section (1) of section 2 of the Act;


(d) “Cyber security incident” means any real or suspected adverse event in relation to cyber security that violates an explicitly or implicitly applicable security policy resulting in unauthorized access, denial of service or disruption, unauthorised use of a computer resource for processing or storage of information or changes to data, information without authorisation;


(e) “Data” means data as defined in clause (o) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Act;


(f) “Electronic Signature” means electronic signature as defined in clause (ta) of sub- section (1) of section 2 of the Act;


(g) “Indian Computer Emergency Response Team” means the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team appointed under sub section (1) section 70 (B) of the Act;


(h) “Information” means information as defined in clause (v) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Act;


(i) “Intermediary” means an intermediary as defined in clause (w) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Act;


(j) “User” means any person who access or avail any computer resource of intermediary for the purpose of hosting, publishing, sharing, transacting, displaying or uploading information or views and includes other persons jointly participating in using the computer resource of an intermediary.


(2) All other words and expressions used and not defined in these rules but defined in the Act shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.


3. Due diligence to he observed by intermediary —


The intermediary shall observe following due diligence while discharging his duties, namely: —


(1) The intermediary shall publish the rules and regulations, privacy policy and

user agreement for access-or usage of the intermediary’s computer resource by any person.


(2) Such rules and regulations, terms and conditions or user agreement shall inform the

users of computer resource not to host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or

share any information that —

  1. a) belongs to another person and to which the user does not have any right to;
  2. b) is grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous defamatory, obscene,

pornographic, pedophilic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or

racially, ethnically objectionable, disparaging, relating or encouraging money

laundering or gambling, or otherwise unlawful in any manner whatever;

  1. c) harm minors in any way;
  2. d) infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights; (e) violates

any law for the time being in force;

  1. e) deceives or misleads the addressee about the origin of such messages or

communicates any information which is grossly offensive or menacing in nature;

  1. f) impersonate another person;
  2. h) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs

designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer


  1. i) threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly

relations with foreign states, or public order or causes incitement to the commission

of any cognizable offence or prevents investigation of any offence or is insulting any

other nation.


(3) The intermediary shall not knowingly host or publish any information or shall not

initiate the transmission, select the receiver of transmission, and select or modify the

information contained in the transmission as specified in sub-rule (2):

provided that the following actions by an intermediary shall not amount to hosing, publishing,

editing or storing of any such information as specified in

sub-rule: (2) —

(a) temporary or transient or intermediate storage of information automatically within

the computer resource as an intrinsic feature of such computer resource, involving no

exercise of any human editorial control, for onward transmission or communication to

another computer resource;

(b) removal of access to any information, data or communication link by an

intermediary after such information, data or communication link comes to the actual

knowledge of a person authorised by the intermediary pursuant to any order or direction as

per the provisions of the Act;


(4) The intermediary, on whose computer system the information is stored or hosted or

published, upon obtaining knowledge by itself or been brought to actual knowledge by an

affected person in writing or through email signed with electronic signature about any

such information as mentioned in sub-rule (2) above, shall act within thirty-six hours and

where applicable, work with user or owner of such information to disable such information

that is in contravention of sub-rule (2). Further the intermediary shall preserve such

information and associated records for at least ninety days for investigation purposes,


(5) The Intermediary shall inform its users that in case of non-compliance with rules and

regulations, user agreement and privacy policy for access or usage of intermediary

computer resource, the Intermediary has the right to immediately terminate the access or

usage lights of the users to the computer resource of Intermediary and remove noncompliant



(6) The intermediary shall strictly follow the provisions of the Act or any other laws for the

time being in force.


(7) When required by lawful order, the intermediary shall provide information or any such

assistance to Government Agencies who are lawfully authorised forinvestigative, protective, cyber security activity. The information or any such assistance shall be provided for the purpose of verification of identity, or for prevention, detection,

investigation, prosecution, cyber security incidents and punishment of offences under any law for the time being in force, on a request in writing staling clearly the purpose of seeking such information or any such assistance.


(8) The intermediary shall take all reasonable measures to secure its computer resource and information contained therein following the reasonable security practices and procedures as prescribed in the Information Technology (Reasonable security practices and procedures and sensitive personal Information) Rules, 2011.


(9) The intermediary shall report cyber security incidents and also share cyber security incidents related information with the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team.


(10) The intermediary shall not knowingly deploy or install or modify the technical configuration of computer resource or become party to any such act which may change or has the potential to change the normal course of operation of the computer resource than what it is supposed to “perform thereby circumventing any law for the time being in force: provided that the intermediary may develop, produce, distribute or employ technological means for the sole purpose of performing the acts of securing thecomputer resource and information contained therein.


(11) The intermediary shall publish on its website the name of the Grievance Officer

and his

contact details as well as mechanism by which users or any victim who suffers as a

result of access or usage of computer resource by any person in violation of rule 3 can

notify their complaints against such access or usage of computer resource of the

intermediary or other matters pertaining to the computer resources made available by it.The Grievance Officer shall redress the complaints within one month from the date ofreceipt of complaint.