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Letter to Delhi Government Against Mandatory

Letter to Delhi Government Against Mandatory Installation of Aarogya Setu by Licensees of Wholesale Liquor Vends Recently, the Department of Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax, New Delhi vide its circular no. F.L-1/Ex./IMFL/Mis./2019-20/1719 dated 27.10.2020 made Aarogya Setu mandatory for all the employees. It read as “mandatory use of Aarogya Setu by every worker”. The circular further requires all the bond inspectors “to […]

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Representation sent to Arunchal Pradesh

A newspaper article dated 30.10.2020 published in Telegraph India titled ‘Arunachal Internet Bar to curb Cheating’ stated that Arunachal Pradesh government will be shutting down internet services on 1st November 2020 in 15 of its districts to ensure that no cheating takes place during state civil service exams. SFLC.in sent a representation to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh […]

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Letter to Telangana Government Against Mandatory Aadhaar Data for Non-Agricultural Land Records

Letter to Telangana Government Against Mandatory Aadhaar Data for Non-Agricultural Land Records As Telangana’s Dharani Portal goes live today, we wrote to Government of Telangana against mandatory Aadhaar requirement and caste details for updating non-agricultural property records. These details have to be updated on Telangana State Non Agricultural Property Book mobile application. The manual for this application also […]

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Letter to the Kerala Government to Reconsider the Proposal for Amending the Kerala Police Act by inserting Section 118 (A)

Letter to Kerala Government to Reconsider the Proposal for Amending the Kerala Police Act by inserting Section 118 (A) SFLC.in sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala in reference to the press release dated 21st October 2020 regarding the amendment to the Kerala Police Act, 2011. The said press release states that Kerala Police […]

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Content Take Downs on the World Wide Web – A Global Reality

This paper is a legal analysis of five key cases on global take downs from around the world, namely Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Inc. (India, Delhi High Court), Google v. CNIL (France, CJEU), Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook Ireland Ltd. (Austria, CJEU), Google Inc. v. Equustek SolutionsInc. (Canadian Supreme Court), and X v. Twitter Inc. (Australia, […]

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Intermediary Liability 2.0 – A Shifting Paradigm

This report looks at the current state of intermediary liability laws, notable litigations, present legal framework and glimpses into other jurisdictions including.

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Living in Digital Darkness – A Handbook on Internet Shutdowns in India

A report on the state of Internet shutdowns in India, analyzing its emergence as a public policy issue, governing laws, recorded instances, and impact among others.

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Report: Online Harassment – A Form of Censorship

We at SFLC.in have grown increasingly concerned of late by the appreciable spike in instances of online harassment across platforms. Whereas online speech platforms like social media websites, blogs, and discussion forums set the stage for unprecedented levels of public engagement in relevant policy discourses, the widespread prevalence of abusive, threatening, and otherwise hostile content […]

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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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Our Counter Comments to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 12 November 2018 for the creation of a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) communication services. OTT services are those services which are used or delivered over the Internet. Basically, if you need Internet for something, then it is an over-the-top service. On […]

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Our Comments to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 12 November 2018 for the creation of a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) communication services. OTT services are those services which are used or delivered over the Internet. Basically, if you need Internet for something, then it is an over-the-top service. Yesterday, […]

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SFLC.in’s comments on TRAI’s consultation paper on net neutrality

In January 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India published what is expected to be the last in a series of Consultation Papers on net neutrality in India, and invited public comments on several questions related to the issue. Much of the focus of this consultation was on defining the scope of traffic management practices adopted by […]

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Concerns with undisclosed and selective consultation on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

On August 25, 2019 Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology held undisclosed and selective consultation on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018. In our joint letter to MietY we urge the government to abide by democratic process of public consultation. We request MeitY to hold fresh public consultation by giving equal opportunity to all […]

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Follow-up Comments on the Consultation on Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

On August 20, 2019 we learned that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) was conducting a follow-up consultation on the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 with selective stakeholders. MediaNama published the list of questions that had been sent by MeitY to these stakeholders. We sent in our responses for these questions. A copy of […]

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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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FAQ on Draft Amendment of Intermediary Guidelines Rules in India

The Central Government notified the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 in April, 2011. A draft amendment of these Rules has been issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), ostensibly for dealing with the fake news and misinformation problem. However, the Rules could result in weakening the security and privacy of apps […]

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FAQ on Draft Amendment of Intermediary Guidelines Rules in India

The Central Government notified the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 in April, 2011. A draft amendment of these Rules has been issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), ostensibly for dealing with the fake news and misinformation problem. However, the Rules could result in weakening the security and privacy of apps […]

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FAQ on Intermediary Rules

The Central Government notified the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 in April, 2011. The rules which seek to control the intermediaries end up controlling the actions of users. As these rules attempt to cover a wide range of activities through a duplicate, complicated structure, neither the industry nor the end users are able to […]

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