Updates

Winter Session 2023: A Digital Rights Review

The Winter Session concluded on December 21, 2023. 19 bills were passed by both Houses, including several key legislations, namely, the Telecommunications Bill, 2023 and the three criminal reform bills. We assess how our Parliament performed from a digital rights perspective.
26 December, 2023
6 min read

Reforming (or deforming?) the criminal justice system: A digital rights overview of the three new criminal law Bills

The Parliament has passed three new bills that overhaul our criminal justice system: Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita, Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill, and Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita. We look at how they affect digital rights and freedoms.
23 December, 2023
10 min read

First Read: The Telecom Bill, 2023 is on Santa's evil list

The Telecom Bill, 2023, much like the 2022 one, continues to hang on to the colonial provisions of its 1885 predecessor it purportedly aims to overhaul. It misses a huge opportunity to reform the telecom sector and create a rights-centric law that protects user rights instead of infringing on it.
20 December, 2023
11 min read

Union Government assures the SC that Procedure in CBI Manual will be followed in Search and Seizure of Digital Devices before Guidelines are formalised

On December 14, 2023, the Union Government assured the court that Union agencies will duly follow the procedures laid down in the 2020 CBI (Crime) Manual on Digital Evidence till final guidelines on search and seizure of digital devices were formalised.
18 December, 2023
4 min read

Supreme Court refuses to hear Miscellaneous Application seeking compliance with internet shutdown guidelines laid out in the Anuradha Bhasin Judgement

In May 2023, the Supreme Court was pleased to issue a notice, and in Sept 2023, the court granted the UoI, the liberty to file a response. However, on Dec 7 the Supreme Court was not inclined to hear the matter. Consequently, the Miscellaneous Application was dismissed as withdrawn.
13 December, 2023
3 min read

Dear MIB, kill the bill and #LetUsChill: Our comments on the Broadcasting Bill, 2023

The Broadcasting Bill, 2023 may soon allow the government to censor streaming shows and news analysis by journalists. Join the campaign #LetUsChill and write to MIB using our template response in just a few steps.
07 December, 2023
4 min read

Jago online market entities jago! A look at how the revised Dark Patterns Guidelines attempt digital consumer protection

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has swung for a boundary in its attempt to regulate and penalise dark patterns in the Indian market. We examine what these new innings mean for user rights, and if the regulation is robust enough to bowl out nefarious dark patterns.
06 December, 2023
7 min read

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Winter Session 2023

In our legislative brief on digital rights for the Winter Session 2023, we highlight key areas of concern pertaining to digital rights and freedoms, data privacy, data protection, censorship and other concerns that require extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
01 December, 2023
6 min read

Statement: Exemption of CERT-In from the RTI Act dilutes institutional transparency and weakens individual privacy

An amendment to the Second Schedule to the RTI Act, 2005 was notified on November 24, 2023, exempting CERT-In from providing information under the Act. This move is certainly not in the public interest as it weakens the rights of the people by diluting an Act meant to empower them.
25 November, 2023
3 min read

Broadcast Services Bill not looking like a wow: Our First Read #LetUsChill

Our First Read of the Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023 includes concerns over inclusion of “Over-the-Top” (“OTT”) content & digital news under MIB's regulatory ambit. We express our concerns for online free speech and journalistic freedom.
15 November, 2023
10 min read

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