PUBG Mobile Korean Version – MEITY clarifies, individual playing PUBG doesn’t evoke penalty : The Indian Esports industry off late has been going through plenty of discussions regarding whether it is ethical and legal for content creators and streamers to play the Korean version of PUBG Mobile, since the global version is banned in the country.
The controversy rose to the point that a law student, Prasoon Shekhar filed an RTI to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for clarification, In his RTI, he asked a few points to which he was sent a reply.
Prasoon Shekhar asked for the following information under the Right to Information Act: 1.
Provide the provision of law that governs what happens if somebody disobeys the ban imposed on Chinese applications like PUBG Mobile.
What is the maximum punishment and penalty that can be imposed on the defaulter, if at all?
Provide the number of persons prosecuted (till date of reply to RTI application) for violating the imposed ban and restrictions on Chinese applications.
There is no penalty prescribed for individual users of mobile apps such as TikTok, PUBG, CamScanner, UC Browser etc which were blocked by the Ministry citing security concerns.
However, according to Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, there is a penalty prescribed for intermediaries who don’t comply with the blocking orders.
“MeitY does not ban any App. However blocking of specified Apps was done under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and its Rules namely Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking Access of Information by the Public) Rules, 2009. Section 69A of the Act provides for penalty to intermediaries for non-compliance of the blocking order. However, no penalty is prescribed for individual users of such Apps”, the Ministry said in its reply.