Navigating the Complexities: Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Response on AI and Deepfake Regulation

Delhi High Court extends the deadline by two weeks for the Centre to respond to a PIL addressing the lack of regulations for AI and deepfake technologies in India.

  • Delhi High Court extends the deadline by two weeks for the Centre to respond to a PIL addressing the lack of regulations for AI and deepfake technologies in India.
  • Advocated by Chaitanya Rohilla, the PIL urges the Centre to identify and restrict access to websites hosting deepfakes and AI, calling for comprehensive regulatory guidelines.
  • The court stresses the significance of the Union of India in framing rules, highlighting the complex nature of AI and deepfake issues, with the next hearing scheduled for February 19.

The Delhi High Court has extended the deadline for the Centre to respond to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) addressing the regulatory gaps surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deepfake technologies in India. Advocated by Chaitanya Rohilla, the PIL urges the government to proactively identify and restrict access to platforms hosting deepfakes and AI, emphasizing the need for comprehensive regulatory guidelines.

During the proceedings, the court, led by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Mini Pushkarna, highlighted the expansive nature of the issue. They stressed that the Union of India is best positioned to frame rules, underlining the complex challenges associated with regulating AI and deepfakes. The upcoming hearing on February 19 is anticipated to shed light on the government’s response to these pressing concerns.

Previously, in December, the high court sought the Central government’s stance on the PIL, which seeks to ensure the fair implementation of AI regulations in alignment with constitutional fundamental rights. The bench acknowledged the intricate nature of AI and deepfake concerns, emphasizing the need to understand the technology’s significance and its multifaceted aspects.

The Centre’s counsel assured the court of active engagement with the legislative aspects raised in the PIL. However, the court reiterated the importance of balancing conflicting interests and conducting thorough deliberations to arrive at a nuanced solution.

With the extension granted, the spotlight is now on the Centre’s forthcoming response and the potential formulation of regulations to address the complexities associated with AI and deepfake technologies in the Indian legal landscape.