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India’s government has revealed new rules it is proposing to curtail the market power of big e-commerce players. The Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 [PDF] propose that India’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will create a registration scheme that awards operators an ID number that proves …

  1. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Poker face

    t the Code’s requirement to identify the “originator” of content posted to social media does not erode privacy

    And pigs fly too.

  2. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Learn from the EU how to implement censorship

    Where was the UN when the EU pulled almost the same thing (TERREG)?

    Probably the India mistake was not using properly the guise of fighting terrorism online.

    1. elaar

      Re: Learn from the EU how to implement censorship

      It depends on your definition of censorship. TERREG only acted on illegal activities that contravened EU laws. What particular things do you think shouldn't be censored that are currently against the law in the EU?

  3. Warm Braw Silver badge

    India grapples with the market power of big e-commerce players

    I'm pleased someone is. I was looking for a USB LTE Modem the other day and I checked the major online retailers in UK, DE and ES. The vast majority of the products being sold (in so far as any information was provided) did not support the majority of frequency bands used for LTE in any of those countries: in other words, not fit for purpose. And that's before we get to the items that are constantly in "flash" sales, or whose reviews are obviously fake.

    Bit of a shame it's so transparently protectionist rather than enlightened consumer empowerment, but if that's what it takes...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How about prohibiting agreements that...

    require the seller to charge the same amount or more on any other sites? Amazon, for instance - a manufacturer isn't permitted to sell a product on their *OWN* website for cheaper than they sell it on Amazon, even though it's cheaper for them to sell it directly.

    Want to sell on your own site and on Amazon? Either overcharge on your site, or lose money on Amazon; no permitted middle ground exists.

  5. Raj

    The UN sends a letter to India and posts it online too ? Where are the copies of all the letter they've sent to NSA, the Russians, Chinese and all other TLA entities ? Would make for interesting reading.

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