Our Counter Comments to MeitY on the Draft Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018

The Draft Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules], 2018 (“the Draft Rules”), were issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”) on the 24th of December, 2018. The Draft Rules seek to amend existing ‘due diligence’ guidelines [The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011] which are to be followed by ‘intermediaries’ [as per the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”)].

Our Comments to MeitY on the Draft Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018

The Draft Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules], 2018 (“the Draft Rules”), were issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”) on the 24th of December, 2018. The Draft Rules seek to amend existing ‘due diligence’ guidelines [The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011] which are to be followed by ‘intermediaries’ [as per the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”)].

Joint Letter to MeitY Addressing Key Issues with the Draft IL Rules, 2018

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India ("MeitY"), released the Draft Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018 on the 24th of December, 2018 ("the Draft Rules"). The Draft Rules seek to amend the existing Intermediaries Guidelines, which enlist certain conditions for online intermediaries to follow in order to qualify for the safe-harbour protection offered to them under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

SFLC.in Shortlised for 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

SFLC.in has been nominated for 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. In total, 16 nominees were selected from over 400 crowdsourced nominations. The awards are given in four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Digital Activism and Journalism. The awards seek to honour individuals or organisations who have had a ‘demonstrable impact in tackling censorship’. Many of the nominees ‘face regular death threats, others criminal prosecution or exile.

Supreme Court Issues Notice to the Centre for Continued use of Section 66A of the IT Act, 2000

 

Yesterday, The Supreme Court of India issued notice to the Central Government for the continued use of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 ("the IT Act"), despite the provision being struck down from the statute books as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in its landmark judgment - Shreya Singhal v. Union of India (2015) [WP (Criminal) No. 167 of 2012). The court has directed the Centre to file a counter affidavit within 4 weeks and another week has been granted for a rejoinder. The petition has been filed by People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Home Department, State of Rajasthan: No more Internet Shutdowns for prevention of cheating in examinations.

There has been a staggering increase in the number of Internet Shutdowns in India. In comparison to 2012 when India saw only three shutdowns over a year, in 2018, India has already observed 127 as of 28th November 2018 instances of Internet Shutdowns.

RTI Applications to MP & UP about number of Internet Shutdowns: Dismissed & Returned

Governments across the world often impose Internet Shutdowns as a means to order blanket ban on Internet services in an area for a duration. These blanket bans are imposed for a variety of reasons ranging from prevention of spread of misinformation to prevention of cheating in examination.

Open letter to messaging apps urging platform changes to protect users

We, along with other stakeholder organizations and individuals, are issuing an open letter urging Internet-based messaging service providers like WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal and others to make modifications to their platforms so users can no longer be added to group chats without express permission. Highlighting that the current implementation of group chats leave users vulnerable to large-scale harassment and privacy violations, the open letter urges messaging service providers on behalf of the multi-stakeholder community to take immediate corrective action.