Raman Jit Singh Chima is policy director with Access Now.
When it comes to internet-related restrictions, this judgment has one clear, unqualified message — it clearly lays down that any government order that impacts the exercise of fundamental rights must be a reasoned and publicly-accessible order.
Recent MHA notification authorising surveillance powers for 10 agencies points to asymmetries and loopholes in law and policy on privacy.
The model proposed by Srikrishna committee leaves too many exceptions, especially when government is the data collector and user. Building a data protection regime requires leadership from government, lawmakers.
Government-mandated interruptions are rising. Economic and social costs are huge.