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Upcoming industry consultation for development of technological platform of CPC TDS by Income Tax Department

The Central Processing Cell (CPC) – TDS, Directorate of Systems, Income Tax Department is in the process of designing future architecture and business processes for the next phase (2019-24) of CPC (TDS) which will serve the department and taxpayers up to 2026-2028. As a background,  CPC TDS is a comprehensive platform set up by the department as ‘one stop shop’ for compliance, processing and administration of withholding tax regime in India. It was first set up in 2012 and is about to be renewed with a new Managed Service Provider (MSP) which will design, develop and run the new platform.   For undertaking this task, the department envisages automation of remaining manual processes enabled with exponential technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (IPA), Artificial Intelligence...

NASSCOM’s Response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on Regulation of OTT Communication Services

TRAI released the Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) communication Services (hereinafter ‘Consultation Paper’) on 12.11.18. The Consultation Paper seeks to understand whether there is a regulatory imbalance with respect to OTT communication services and services offered by Telecom Service Providers (TSPs). TRAI sought public comments on the Consultation Paper by 07.01.2019. The date for submission of counter comments is 21.01.2019. A brief analysis of the Consultation Paper along with NASSCOM’s response is given below. Consultation Paper The scope of the Consultation Paper is limited to regulatory issues and economic concerns pertaining to such OTT services which can be regarded same as or similar to the services provided by TSPs. The Consultation Paper clari...

Seeking Inputs: Draft Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018

Dear Members, As you may be aware, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has recently published draft Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules 2018 for seeking stakeholder comments /suggestion on the same.  Once notified, the draft Rules would replace the existing Intermediary Guidelines which were published by the Government in 2011.  Following are some of key changes that are proposed.   Intermediaries to assist Government in tracing out the originator of content upon request from authorized agencies The intermediaries are given a 72 hour window to comply with an order to provide information or assistance by any government agency or in matters of security of the State or cyber security Intermediaries with 50 lakh o...

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