A bench headed by acting chief justice BD Ahmed was concerned that instances of adults attracting innocent children online and luring them into activities which were illegal were on the rise.
“Why don’t we have a law on the lines of Children Online Privacy Protection Act in the US? We are lagging behind while the world has moved ahead. We should change according to the need of the time. Government has to do something”, the bench told centre’s lawyer Sumeet Pushkarna.
The court said there should also be a mechanism where a person who has knowledge that a person aged under 13 has opened an account can file a complaint.
The court asked how Indian children below 18 years are allowed to open account because as per Indian law, a contract cannot be signed by anyone aged less than 18 years.
The court was hearing a petition filed by former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya alleging permission granted to a minor was against Indian Majority Act, Indian Contract Act and Information and Technology Act.