SFLC.in’s Bug Bounty Challenge

Jan 12, 2022

SFLC.in’s Bug Bounty Challenge

SFLC.in invites bright minds from law schools to take part in our exciting Bounty Hunt Challenge.

In this challenge, participants have to find bugs in our Free Speech Tracker.

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Legal challenge to the Kerala Police Act Amendment

Nov 24, 2020

On 21st October 2020, the Government of Kerala in a press release indicated an amendment to the Kerala Police Act, 2011. The amendment aimed at inserting Section 118A, similar to Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 118 (d) of the Kerala Police Act which were struck down in Shreya Singhal V.

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SFLC.in writes to the Criminal Reforms Committee

Oct 05, 2020

SFLC.in sent its recommendations to the Criminal Reforms Committee on 16th September 2020. Our recommendations covered criminal sanctions against free speech offences mainly Sedition(Section 124-A of Indian Penal Code) and Criminal Defamation(Section 499 and 500 of IPC).

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Analysis of the recent app blocking

Jul 29, 2020

MEITY on 29th June 2020 blocked 59 apps using Section 69A of the Information Technology Act coupled with the Blocking Rules of 2009. (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public).

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A Detailed Analysis of the Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Judgment

Nov 15, 2019

Statement: At SFLC.in we believe that ordering intermediary platforms to take down content globally, negatively impacts freedom of expression online, as different countries have different standards of speech.

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Our Statement on the WhatsApp Surveillance Issue

Oct 31, 2019

Our Statement on the WhatsApp Surveillance Issue

The use of sophisticated surveillance technology by governments violates basic human rights of privacy and free speech on the Internet. Vulnerable groups including journalists, minorities and lawyers rely on end-to-end encryption technology, like the one offered by WhatsApp, to remain secure online.

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Websites blocked in 2019

Oct 25, 2019

 Websites blocked by MeitY in 2019

In a reply to our latest RTI on blocked websites Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) revealed that the Ministry issued blocking orders for 20 websites between January to October 2019. No further information was provided by the Ministry.

The following information was sought by us:

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Del. HC Orders for Global Take Down of Content

Oct 24, 2019

Delhi High Court Approves Take Down of Content Globally

Asks Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to remove defamatory content from their global services

Statement: At SFLC.in we believe that ordering intermediary platforms to take down content globally negatively impacts freedom of expression online, as different countries have

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Any regulation of online speech in India must safeguard the rights to free speech and privacy

May 24, 2019

Unlike the US, free speech in India is not absolute. Our Constitution, while guaranteeing the freedom of speech and expression, places “reasonable restrictions” on this basic human right.

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

Apr 12, 2019

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 on parliament seats. A list of key digital rights issues worthy of political importance are

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