Updates

Delhi High Court directs government to submit affidavit confirming lack of written records in Aarogya Setu’s development

Updates on Saurav Das’ writ petition before the Delhi High Court, where he is contesting the Central Information Commission’s decision to withhold information related to Aarogya Setu.
16 September, 2023
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Supreme Court refers challenge to constitutionality of sedition law to a larger Bench of at least 5 judges

Noting that the past cases under Section 124-A will not be affected on account of introduction of new Bills, a 3-judges bench of the Supreme Court led by the CJI has referred the petition challenging the constitutionality of Section 124-A to a larger Bench of at least 5 judges
13 September, 2023
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Shooting down bad ideas: Our response to TRAI’s consultation paper on OTT Regulation and Selective Banning

TRAI released a consultation paper on OTT regulation and selective banning. In our response, we expressed our view against the licensing and registration as well as selective banning of OTT communication services. See the post to read our detailed comments.
30 August, 2023
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Fact-Checking or Fact-Hiding? Our RTI inquiring about the Karnataka Fact Checking Unit rejected!

Our RTI request with the Bengaluru Police inquiring about the constitution of a fact check unit (FCU) was rejected stating it as ‘completely vague, speculative and questionable’. However, since then the Chief Minister of Karnataka has reportedly approved the setting up of a state-level FCU.
29 August, 2023
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The J&K Home Department’s RTI Appellate Authority directs that Review Committee’s findings on internet shutdowns must be provided in RTI

The First Appellate Authority (“FAA”) in J&K’s Home Department has directed the Public Information Officer (“PIO”) to provide copies of the Review Committee’s findings on internet shutdown orders.
22 August, 2023
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Monsoon Session 2023: A Digital Rights Review

The Monsoon Session concluded on August 11, 2023 when both Houses adjourned sine die. 25 bills were introduced and several key legislations (Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023) were passed by both Houses. We assess how our Parliament performed from a digital rights perspective.
21 August, 2023
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Madras HC issues notice on petition challenging use of FRT in Tamil Nadu

Madras High Court has issued notice in a petition challenging the installation and deployment of Facial Recognition Technology (“FRT”) across the State.
21 August, 2023
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RTI responses reveal the extent of Aadhaar use by the government

In our request to the UIDAI, we asked for information about the proposals received, the proposals approved, and the proposals denied.
16 August, 2023
5 min read

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