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Open letter for restoration of 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir in wake of COVID-19

Open letter for restoration of 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir in wake of COVID-19 SFLC.in wrote an open letter to the Principle Secretary of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Home Minister Amit Shah on March 31 requesting them to restore 4G internet speed in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir has been […]

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Key Changes in the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 from the Srikrishna Committee Draft

Key Changes in the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 from the Srikrishna Committee Draft The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (“the PDP Bill, 2019)” was tabled in Parliament on December 11th, 2019. The PDP Bill, 2019 has brought in some new clauses – compliance obligations for social media companies and enhanced State power to exempt […]

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Our Statement on the Cabinet Approval of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

Our Statement on the Cabinet Approval of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 Today the Union Cabinet approved the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. The Government has proposed to introduce the Bill in the ongoing winter session of Parliament. Our comments to the Justice Srikrishna Committee draft of the Bill can be accessed – here. […]

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TRAI Consultation on OTT Regulation – Follow-up Submission on Surveillance Reform

On 20 May 2019, during TRAI’s ‘Open House Discussion’ in Delhi on OTT communication services, certain arguments were raised regarding national security concerns surrounding encrypted communication services, including those services that have end-to-end encryption. The prime factor in these arguments was that terrorists could use end-to-end encrypted communication services to securely communicate among themselves, and […]

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A ‘Digital Rights Reform Agenda’ for India – What Have Political Parties Missed Out this Election Season?

Yesterday, India entered 7-phases of national elections spanning a little over a month. This election season, we bring to you a ‘Digital Rights Reform Agenda’ which is missing from most political parties’ promises and manifestos. We believe that these topics should be on the agenda list of all political outfits in India claiming a stake […]

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A Look at Party Manifestos for the 17th Lok Sabha Elections- Will Political Parties Defend Our Digital Freedom?

The 7-phase, 17th Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11, 2019 and continue until May 19, 2019. Five major national parties – Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India and All India Trinamool Congress have released their manifestos[fn]CPI (M) Election Manifesto, https://cpim.org/pressbriefs/cpim-election-manifesto-17th-lok-sabha; CPI Election Manifesto, https://www.communistparty.in/blog/election-manifesto-of-the-communist-party-of-india-for-the-17th-lok-sabha-elections-2019; TMC […]

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Our Comments to DPIIT on the Draft National E-commerce Policy

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“the DPIIT”) released the Draft National E-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”) with the objective to help stakeholders fully benefit from opportunities arising from the progressive digitization of the domestic digital economy and establish a level playing field for all stakeholders in the […]

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Round table discussion on draft national e-commerce policy – March 28, Bangalore

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“DPIIT”) released the Draft National e-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”), requesting interested stakeholders to give their comments on the policy document. The deadline for the submission of comments is 29 March 2019. The policy includes recommendations on a wide range of subjects […]

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Round table discussion on draft national e-commerce policy – March 27, New Delhi

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“DPIIT”) released the Draft National e-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”), requesting interested stakeholders to give their comments on the policy document. The deadline for the submission of comments is 29 March 2019. The policy includes recommendations on a wide range of subjects […]

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Notes from proceedings before the Supreme Court on IAs filed in the matter of K.S. Puttaswamy & Ors. v. UOI (Aadhaar petitions) on 6th October, 2015

The Aadhaar – privacy debate witnessed a heated battle of words in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 6, when the Union of India, along with the State Governments of Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, and Government agencies including RBI, SEBI and TRAI, sought the clarification and modification of an earlier interim […]

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DOT orders blockage of porn websites

A leaked order from the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has revealed that Indian Internet Service Providers (ISP) have been directed to block access to a list of 857 porn websites as they “relate to morality, decency as given in Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India” (sic). The order dated July 31, 2015 calls for […]

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BSNL says it can block whole websites only, not web-pages

This follows from our previous blog about DEITY’s revelations on website blocking. SFLC.in had requested the following information from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) under the Right to Information Act, 2005: Number of URL blocking orders received by BSNL from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in 2013 Number of requests received from other agencies of […]

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Round table discussion on draft national e-commerce policy – March 28, Bangalore

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“DPIIT”) released the Draft National e-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”), requesting interested stakeholders to give their comments on the policy document. The deadline for the submission of comments is 29 March 2019. The policy includes recommendations on a wide range of subjects […]

Round table discussion on draft national e-commerce policy – March 27, New Delhi

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“DPIIT”) released the Draft National e-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”), requesting interested stakeholders to give their comments on the policy document. The deadline for the submission of comments is 29 March 2019. The policy includes recommendations on a wide range of subjects […]