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Apar Gupta

The writer is an advocate practising in Delhi.

Why draft data accessibility policy is dangerous
Sat, Mar 05, 2022

Apar Gupta writes: It will allow government to enrich and sell data to private sector, will risk prioritising commercial interests over privacy

National security, at the cost of citizens’ privacy
Mon, Dec 20, 2021

🔴 Apar Gupta, Vrinda Bhandari writes: The JPC report and the Data Protection Bill, 2021 protect the government instead of the personal data of Indian citizens

How do we read the Supreme Court’s Pegasus order
Fri, Oct 29, 2021

Apar Gupta writes: The Supreme Court's move for independent probe is an important step towards fixing accountability.

The IT Rules fail the test of constitutionality
Fri, Oct 01, 2021

Apar Gupta writes: There is judicial consensus that they lack statutory backing and harm freedom of speech and expression.

Delhi government shouldn’t congratulate itself on CCTV coverage
Sun, Sep 05, 2021

Apar Gupta and Anushka Jain write: Rather than deterring crime, surveillance project compromises women’s safety and liberties of all citizens, is fiscally imprudent.

Task for new IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

Apar Gupta, Rohin Garg write: Ashwini Vaishnaw must implement broader digital governance framework. Process of updating IT Act must be made public.

India’s technocratic approach to vaccination is excluding the digitally-deprived
Sat, May 15, 2021

In the absence of the internet and without knowledge of how CoWin functions, the majority of India’s rural population is being left out of Covid inoculation effort

Centre’s IT Rules bring answerability in digital ecosystem. But they also increase political control
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

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.

In the Twitter-govt faceoff, an undemocratic provision of law is being applied to its maximum threshold
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

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.

When privacy was made supreme
Sat, Aug 24, 2019

Two years after historic SC judgment, its promise has not been fully realised.

Someone’s Always Watching
Sat, Jun 01, 2019

A linguistic framework to articulate the alarm that comes from a rapidly changing ecology of a digitised society.

On the ground, SC ruling on Section 66A is frequently violated
Mon, Feb 25, 2019

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.

Message from a verdict
Fri, Sep 28, 2018

Amending of Aadhaar Act should not be a restoration of state’s power.

The Caravan Rolls On
Sat, May 12, 2018

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.

Dubious concern
Fri, May 04, 2018

Consensus among parties against fake news is born from an instinct to censor dissent, not protect democratic values

Partly free
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

That’s the rating of India by a report on internet freedom. It’s troubling

Dialling The Wrong Number
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The DOT circulars seeking Aadhaar-Mobile linking have no legal force

Privacy, dignity, sexual autonomy
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

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.

Project Of Defiance
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Governments are making Aadhaar mandatory in contravention of court orders

Can justice be done?
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

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.

The cost of internet shutdowns
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Government-mandated interruptions are rising. Economic and social costs are huge.

The Basis Of Privacy
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Aadhaar legislation points to the need for a comprehensive privacy law.

TRAI and Net Neutrality: Courts must weigh public interest that have shaped this order
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Trai does well to safeguard net neutrality. But a legal challenge can’t be far behind

Net Ambiguity
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Delay in settling net neutrality issues helps big incumbents, entrenches bad norms.

Porn ban in India
Porn ban: Law on obscenity is a paradox unto itself
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

We avoid a discussion on pornography. And stretch the law in opposite directions.