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Gayatri Malhotra

Gayatri Malhotra

IFF wrote to Manipur State Authorities on the ongoing digital rights violations

June 22 marked 50 days of Manipur's ongoing state-wide internet shutdown. In wake of this shutdown, we have written to the Chief Secretary of Manipur, the Director General of Police, Manipur and other local authorities highlighting our concerns.
24 June, 2023
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In a petition filed by the Association of Indian Magazines’ challenging the fact check amendments to IT Rules, 2021, the Bombay High Court directs the Government to file its Reply

The Association of Indian Magazines (AIM) has filed a writ petition before the Bombay HC challenging the constitutional validity of this provision of the IT Rules Amendment, 2023 for being ultra vires the IT Act, 2000, and violating the right to freedom of speech and expression.
07 June, 2023
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TOP SECRET: MIB furnishes list of digital news media publishers and OTT platforms that submitted their details under IT Rules, 2021

In response to a CIC order in a Second Appeal filed by IFF, MIB furnished a list of 3,101 digital news media publishers and 57 OTT platforms that submitted their details to MIB.
17 May, 2023
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Supreme Court of India issues notice in Foundation of Media Professional’s application seeking compliance with Anuradha Bhasin Internet Shutdown Guidelines. #KeepItOn

Tl;dr Despite detailed guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, (2020) 3 SCC 637, State governments have continued to illegally impose internet shutdowns. Internet shutdowns are imposed without publishing internet suspension orders; under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (“CrPC”) and/or not constituting the Review Committee to review the legality of internet suspensions under the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public
11 May, 2023
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Mayday Alert: 14 mobile apps banned, no blocking order released. #WhatTheBlock

In May 2023, 14 mobile apps that provided end-to-end encrypted and peer-to-peer messaging services were reportedly banned. Reasoned blocking orders and a pre-decisional hearing were reportedly not provided to these apps. IFF filed a series of RTI applications to seek more information.
10 May, 2023
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The duration of internet shutdowns in Manipur crosses 10 days. IFF wrote to Manipur Chief Secretary urging scrutiny of orders #KeepItOn

Successive internet shutdowns were imposed in the entire State of Manipur for five days. We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, to review the order and consider on a day-to-day basis whether the internet suspension needs to continue.
09 May, 2023
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Manipur has ordered an internet shutdown for five days. IFF wrote to its Chief Secretary urging scrutiny of orders #KeepItOn

We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, i.e. the Chief Secretary of Manipur to review the order and consider on a day-to-day basis, whether the internet suspension needs to continue.
28 April, 2023
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Top Secret: One year on, CERT-In refuses to reveal information about compliance notices issued under its 2022 Directions on cybersecurity

To mark the first anniversary of the notification of the 2022 CERT-In Directions, we filed two Right to Information (“RTI”) applications with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, seeking details on the issuance of compliance notices under this new regulatory mandate.
28 April, 2023
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In Kunal Kamra’s Petition in the Bombay High Court, the Government undertakes not to constitute its Fact Check Unit

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has undertaken not to notify its Fact Check Unit until July 5, 2023.
27 April, 2023
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Bombay HC orders the IT Ministry to disclose the factual background that necessitated the IT Rules Amendment

The Bombay High Court has directed MeitY to file its response within one week on why the IT Amendment Rules, 2023 should not be stayed, and also describe the factual background that necessitated the issuance of the amendments.
11 April, 2023
4 min read

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