Introduction The recent shooting in Cleveland live streamed on Facebook has brought the social media company’s regulatory responsibilities into question. Since the launch of Facebook Live in 2016, the service’s role in raising political awareness has been acknowledged. However, the...
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The special leave petition against the Delhi High Court’s ruling upholding WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy came up for hearing before a bench of five judges today. This policy is contentious because it allows WhatsApp to share valuable personal information of...
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by sflc_admin | April 17, 2017In January 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India published what is expected to be the last in a series of Consultation Papers on net neutrality in India, and invited public comments on several...
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by sflc_admin | April 17, 2017SFLC.in, in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, IT for Change, Internet Democracy Project, Centre for Internet and Society, and Foundation for Media Professionals, is organizing a public discussion titled “Access Denied: Internet...
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by Prasanna S | April 17, 2017In response to questions from the opposition members in the Rajya Sabha on 10th April, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad categorically stated that the Aadhaar Act passed in March...
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Introduction The Law Commission has recently released a report on hate speech laws in India. The Supreme Court in Pravasi Bhalai vs. Union of India asked the Law Commission to recommend changes to existing hate speech laws, and to “define...
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Notable technology and rights related litigationsSoftware Freedom Law CentreYou have the freedom to choose your color. Pick one: First published here.Author: sflc_admin...
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by sflc_admin | April 12, 2017In an opinion piece that appeared in the Times of India on April 11, 2017, Prof. Eben Moglen discusses how a batch of 16 petitions pending before the Supreme Court of India, led...
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The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) functions as the primary body certifying films for public exhibition in India. It is guided by the Cinematograph Act, 1952, and various rules and guidelines in determining the nature of certification to be...
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by sflc_admin | April 7, 2017RightsCon 2017 is over, and we have lots to say about it. The Conference took place over a three day period, i.e. 29-31 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. We would like to thank...
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In September last year, the Delhi High Court had upheld WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy, which allows it to share users’ personal information with its parent company, Facebook. Aggrieved by the Court’s decision, the petitioners approached the Supreme Court earlier this...
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by sflc_admin | March 31, 2017The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) has issued a joint statement expressing deep concern over the growing trend of intentional state-sponsored disruptions of access to or dissemination of information online. These disruptions challenge the...
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by sflc_admin | March 31, 2017On March 22, 2017, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), raised the issue of Internet shutdowns in Parliament. Noting how Internet shutdowns are instituted by states under Section 144 of the...
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Earlier this week, an agency entrusted with enrolling individuals under the Aadhaar scheme inadvertently published Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s personal information online. When it was pointed out this amounted to a gross violation of privacy, the government released a statement confirming...
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by sflc_admin | March 29, 2017Concerned by the recurring Internet shutdowns imposed by states across India, we, along with a group of citizens and organizations, sent letters to the Chief Ministers of all states that have witnessed shutdowns...
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by sflc_admin | March 28, 2017In Aadhaar news, in the first few months of 2017, the Central Government has issued a spur of notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for various schemes that provide essentials and basic amenities. These notifications are...
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Cyber crime has been rising across India. This post reviews advancements in policing technologically advanced crimes and considers potential next steps. With rising instances of cybercrime being noted across the country, the need for vigilance in the cyber sphere has been...
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  The Battle for Notes and Chords “Cinema is more. than long strips of celluloid, more than miracles in photography, more than song, dance and dialogue and indeed, more than dramatic story, exciting plot, gripping situations and marvelous acting. But it...
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by sflc_admin | March 22, 2017SFLC.in participated in the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) which was held between 6th and 10th of March, 2017 in the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain. IFF is a community organized unconference that...
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by sflc_admin | March 10, 2017Aadhaar, the unique biometric identification project of UIDAI has been at the center of many debates since its inception. Among other things, concerns have been raised regarding privacy, and security of the sensitive...
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