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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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