Experts Seek Rejig of Digital Competition Bill; Citing Overlaps

The participants to the deliberation on Digital Competition Bill, under MeitY, flagged that implementing foreign approach to digital competition in India, such as “ex-ante law”, would lead to the destruction of value and access to digital public goods and infrastructure. A senior government official said “Some of the think tanks also flagged that the current draft of the digital competition bill is similar to the Digital Markets Act of the EU and implementing the bill in the current form would be detrimental to the growth of startup unicorns of India”. This overlap was discussed in connection with the provisions of existing regulations such as the Information Technology Act of 2000 and the Information Technology Rules of 2021 were highlighted.