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Internet lacks regulatory system, curbs needed: Centre to SC

The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that absence of any regulatory mechanism in the cyber world demands higher level of restrictions to put checks and balances on social networking sites. “It is institutions which are working in other media whether it is paper, television or cinema. There is an institutional approach and there are checks like pre- censorship for TV and films. But in Internet there is individual approach and there are no checks and balances or licence,” Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before a bench of justices J Chelameswar and Rohinton Fali Nariman. He said though it is not possible to regulate Internet, the legislature should be given leeway for framing rules in the absence of institutional control over the medium of Internet where an individual is a boss himself.
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