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Explain how children below 18 open website accounts: HC to govt

theserpent

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New Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI): The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre's response on a plea questioning how children below the age of 18 years are allowed to open an account on social networking sites including Facebook, even though Indian laws do not permit it.

The court also asked two US-based entities- Facebook Inc and Google Inc--to reply to the plea of former BJP ideologue K N Govindacharya seeking an order for recovery of taxes from the websites on their income from operations in India.

A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Vibhu Bakhru asked Sumit Pushkarna, the counsel for the Centre, to make the government's stand clear on the issue through an affidavit within 10 days and posted the matter for May 13.

"How children below 18 years can have an agreement with any of the social network sites including Facebook? The Union of India is directed to file an affidavit on the issue within 10 days," the bench said.

The court also said, "Both Facebook Inc and Google Inc are US-based entities and are hereby impleaded as respondents. Notices to be issued to the newly added parties."

The bench passed the order after hearing the argument of Govindacharya's counsel Veerag Gupta that children below 18 are getting into an agreement with the social networking sites to open an account which is against the Indian Majority Act, the Indian Contract Act and also the Information and Technology Act.

Due to non-verification of users, more than eight crore of Facebook users across the world were found to be "fake", which the website admitted before the US authority, Gupta submitted.

The Government of India is not taking any action against the foreign companies which have their Indian operations, the counsel contended.

Govindacharya, at present a patron of 'Rashtriya Swabhimaan Aandolan', has in a public interest litigation (PIL) also sought directions to the Centre and the two websites to "ensure proper accounting compliances as per RBI guidelines".

"Facebook's gross revenue for previous year was 37 billion USD approximately but they are not paying due taxes to the Indian government," the petition said.

The petition also sought a direction to ensure safety of the data of 50 million Indian users, which was transferred "to the US and is being used for commercial gains in violation of the right to privacy."

It contended that a writ of Mandamus should be issued to "ensure verification of all existing users and future new members of social networking websites with instructions not to do agreements with children below 18 years".

The petition also sought creation of a national register of persons indulging in sexual offences and heinous crimes and stopping such persons from joining social networking websites.

The PIL, which listed the alleged violations of various terms by the websites, also sought a direction to the Centre to ensure that government officers "do not use social networking websites through government computers" as they may pose a threat to sensitive data and national computer network.

"As per telecommunication minister's statement in Parliament, the government lost four billion USD every year due to cyber crimes and approximately 90 million government websites were hacked in last three years," it said.

Explain how children below 18 open website accounts: HC to govt

So what I understood is, According to the LAW a under 18 person can't open a account?
 

Flash

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"How children below 18 years can have an agreement with any of the social network sites including Facebook? The Union of India is directed to file an affidavit on the issue within 10 days," the bench said.

By clicking "Accept" without reading the "terms & conditions". :mrgreen:
I mean how fb/G can verify a user?

All they can do is verify the "DOB" that one enters during Registration process..

One possible suggestion i wanna give to HC:
"Ask users to upload their Birth Certificate copy during Registration process of a website." :lol:
 
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theserpent

theserpent

Firecracker to the moon
IDK, What is wrong with the GOVERMENT, All lame rules.
Most the kids are mature by 15.
This rule is RIDICULOUS
 
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theserpent

theserpent

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Better Idea is to Leave this country,what's the next LAW? Students can't enjoy?Use mobiles,computers?
 

Empirial

Youngling
I've seen some minors signing up with wrong DOB so my question to our Govt. is that "Do you've enough time & resource to contact each & everyone for verification?".
 
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Desmond

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What's wrong if someone underage signs up on social networking sites with a fake DOB? I mean what exactly is bothering the Govt/HC?
 

Thunder

Journeyman
The government is going Mad. What they want is to restrict freedom of expression.
Simply Stupid.
 

Desmond

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On second thought, why is the government/HC more concerned with minors signing up on social networking sites than corrupt Indians opening secret Swiss bank accounts?
 
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theserpent

theserpent

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On second thought, why is the government/HC more concerned with minors signing up on social networking sites than corrupt Indians opening secret Swiss bank accounts?

Simple they lack brains

This is a stupid suggestion & not expected from a HC. What harm can Fb/G underage users do to the security of this country?

These are the youth of the country, If the goverment accepts it, they are digging their own grave
 

Desmond

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From above article :

Facebook's gross revenue for previous year was 37 billion USD approximately but they are not paying due taxes to the Indian government," the petition said.

Now I get what this is about. As always, its about the money.

But, the Interwebs is a politically neutral place, how do they expect to gain taxes for online interactions?
 
actually if you go through that news report again, you will notice that it mentions three acts the IT act, the contract act and the majority act. The majority and contract act were formed in 1870's . So specifically its basically the breach of contract that is breaking the rule by entering falsified information. Apart from that many users especially stalkers and pedophiles can enter random details and harass children and girls.

but on the other hand, its ironic. They talk about computer networks and we are still living in the FUP world.
 

CommanderShawnzer

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Yo Zuckerberg,don't be such a tight-fisted Jew,man!Pay up dem Netas and Judges so they stop barking at you for the green(or the blue,beige or pink ;-) )
 
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