Indian media is reporting that the government has consulted with industry about its controversial infosec reporting rules, possibly resulting in concessions that slightly ease requirements for some businesses.
The rules, introduced on April 29 with no warning and a sixty-day compliance deadline, require organizations operating in India to report 22 different types of information security incidents within six hours of detection, maintain extensive logs of their own and customers' activities and provide that info to authorities as required, and use only network time protocol (NTP) servers provided by Indian authorities or synced to those servers.
The rules generated swift and widespread opposition on grounds that they were loosely worded, imposed enormous compliance burdens, made India less attractive to foreign tech companies, and would harm privacy. The requirement to report even trivial incidents within six hours was criticized as likely delivering a deluge of reports that would contribute little to the stated goal of securing intelligence with which to defend the nation. The Internet Society warned that insistence on using Indian NTP servers would create an unhelpful reliance on that infrastructure.