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SC asks states to sensitise cops about scrapping of Section 66A of IT Act in 2015

A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Sanjay Kishan Kaul disposed of the application filed by NGO PUCL alleging that people were still being prosecuted under the scrapped provision.

MHA clarifies on 'snooping' order: Notice only listed agencies empowered since 2011

“There is no new law. There is no change even in a comma or a full stop in the existing rules and regulations," the MHA official said, clarifying that the 10 agencies mentioned in the notification were already empowered to intercept electronic communications since 2011.


No interim relief, Supreme Court seeks Centre’s reply on plea against ‘snooping’

The petitioners claimed that this was an attempt to “impose an undeclared Emergency” in the country. By way of the order, “unlimited blanket power” has been conferred on various agencies.

When the state plays I spy

Recent MHA notification authorising surveillance powers for 10 agencies points to asymmetries and loopholes in law and policy on privacy.

Draft IT rules to track content: Govt asks for public feedback

The Indian Express had reported Monday that the government’s proposed amendments to rules under Section 79 of the IT Act make it mandatory for online platforms to “proactively” deploy technology to enable access to content seen as “unlawful”.

Section 66A once more

Concern over hate speech online is legitimate, but the spirit of the SC ruling must not be violated


Govt moves to access and trace all ‘unlawful’ content online

The proposed amendments to rules under Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act make it mandatory for online platforms to “proactively” deploy technology, which would enable a ferreting of content seen as “unlawful”.

Manipur: PRJA convener Erendro sent to 15-day judicial custody over circulation of inflammatory video

Erendro, however, said that he would not pay for his bail until he is released unconditionally. He alleged that the developing situation is a gross injustice as there has been no action against those who created and uploaded the inflammatory video.

Cyber cell's first conviction: Man gets 3 years for sending obscene messages, stalking colleague

Since the amendments to the IT Act were new and due to technical difficulties and unawareness, the conviction rate had been low.

A blunt instrument

Criminal defamation laws chill free speech. They should be struck off.