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Google opposes India's internet rules

Google has opposed proposed restrictions by Indian internet regulators stating that the rules can cause harm to the company as it exposes the company to liability for material posted by third parties.

business Updated: May 11, 2011 15:13 IST

Google has opposed proposed restrictions by Indian internet regulators stating that the rules can pose problem to the company.

Department of Information Technology has issued new internet regulations under which if any content carries 'disparaging', 'harassing', 'blasphemous' or 'hateful' can be banned.

The rules require websites to remove objectionable content. They require internet-service providers and social-networking sites to bar certain types of content. The websites also are responsible for removing objectionable content within 36 hours of being notified by authorities.

Google objected to this rule and said it can cause harm to the company as it exposes the company to liability for material posted by third parties.

Google wanted to relieve companies of the responsibility to decide what is illegal, and instead rely on a written notice from "a court of law or other legally empowered public authority."

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the new rules.

(With WSJ input)