The writer is an advocate practising in Delhi.
Apar Gupta writes: The substance of many of the requirements were never put to public consultation or deliberation by experts. This is particularly the case for the regulations for online news portals and video streaming platforms.
It leaves a sense of confusion and wonder about why our own government formed under the Constitution may be failing to fulfil its obligations when strangers who trade in our data for profit are seemingly more eager.
Two years after historic SC judgment, its promise has not been fully realised.
A linguistic framework to articulate the alarm that comes from a rapidly changing ecology of a digitised society.
In refusing to keep the application alive even when a majority of states/UTs had not yet furnished replies, the Court has again made the afterlife of 66-A a non-transparent affair.
Amending of Aadhaar Act should not be a restoration of state’s power.
The outlines of a progressive movement for greater government accountability emerge from the narration of Aruna Roy and the MKSS Collectives in The RTI Story: Power to the People.
Consensus among parties against fake news is born from an instinct to censor dissent, not protect democratic values
That’s the rating of India by a report on internet freedom. It’s troubling
The DOT circulars seeking Aadhaar-Mobile linking have no legal force
The right to privacy was a constitutionally accepted and applied right recognised by an interpretative device of the Supreme Court since 1975. Over the decades, more than 30 decisions of the apex court applied privacy as a bundle of rights that permitted liberty of thought and action.
Governments are making Aadhaar mandatory in contravention of court orders
Despite the design, reality can be different. Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost their teenage children, Unnati and Ujjwal, in the Uphaar theatre tragedy narrate such an incident in Trial by Fire.
Government-mandated interruptions are rising. Economic and social costs are huge.
Aadhaar legislation points to the need for a comprehensive privacy law.
Trai does well to safeguard net neutrality. But a legal challenge can’t be far behind
Delay in settling net neutrality issues helps big incumbents, entrenches bad norms.
We avoid a discussion on pornography. And stretch the law in opposite directions.
‘Court’ points to a heartening trend of questioning
In upholding blocking rules, the Supreme Court has commented only on their legality — not their desirability.
Intellectual property litigation is not a binary battle between the rights-holder and the infringer. It involves larger issues of public interest. The Delhi University photocopier case underlines this
The RTI Act already has robust provisions to protect privacy