By Smitha Krishna PrasadThe Delhi High Court recently reversed a long standing order which implied that intermediaries such as social media platforms would be liable for third party content. Part I of this two-part series, discusses the background to the...
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by sflc_admin | January 7, 2017The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held from 6th to 9th December, 2016 in Jalisco, Mexico, with the overall theme of “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”. The mandate for the IGF...
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by sflc_admin | January 5, 2017SWAYAM, the national Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) project established by Ministry of Human Rights Development (MHRD), is a laudatory effort set to serve as a source for courses related to all fields from...
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by sflc_admin | January 5, 2017The development of Aadhaar over the years has opened a Pandora’s box of litigations against its various claims and processes that range on the spectrum from privacy rights to compulsory carrying of Aadhaar cards...
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The 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held earlier this month in Guadalajara, Mexico. Established as a result of the Tunis Agenda, the IGF provides a space for discussing issues relating to the internet, where stakeholders can engage on an...
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This post discusses the Supreme Court’s order mandating playing of the national anthem in all movie theatres and the incongruities that emerge from it vis-à-vis freedom of expression. The post seeks to highlight the fundamental problem of making patriotism a...
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In April 2016, two directives issued by two separate state governments in India made social media group administrators (‘administrators’) liable for content circulated by other members of the group. This came in the wake of a series of arrests in India for content posted...
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by Dhruv Somayajula*In this second part of our two post series on the Internet of Things, Dhruv examines the policy framework in India to analyse its applicability to the Internet of Things. In a previous post, we discussed the definition of...
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This post discusses the regulatory challenges that emerge from the changing nature of Facebook and other social networking websites Facebook has recently faced a lot of criticism for circulating fake news and for knowingly suppressing user opinions during the 2016 U.S....
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Earlier, all online transactions through credit / debit cards issued in India were subject to a mandatory ‘second factor authorization’. Reserve Bank of India directs that this additional factor authorization requirement may be relaxed, at the option of the customer,...
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By Smitha Krishna PrasadMedical and health records are increasingly digitised, and ease of access is considered one of the key benefits of this trend. However, patient privacy and security of such records are important concerns that need to be addressed...
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The National Crime Records Bureau released their annual “Crime in India” report for the year 2015 earlier this year. This post analyses the trends in cybercrime traced through the report. The National Crime Records Bureau (“NCRB”) released their annual “Crime...
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by sflc_admin | December 3, 2016Free speech should not be restrained, unless it is transcending from talk to action: MP Baijayant Panda at SFLC.IN report launchNew Delhi, 30th November: Mindless abuse and threats of violence are commonplace on online...
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by sflc_admin | December 3, 2016The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multi-stakeholder public policy dialogue initiated by the United Nations Secretary-General, has been an annual affair for more than a decade. The 11th IGF is set to take place...
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by sflc_admin | December 2, 2016Over the past few years, the number of instances in which Internet access was blocked for entire regions by the Indian Government has been steadily climbing. These “Internet shutdowns” are usually instituted as responses...
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by sflc_admin | December 1, 2016Our Counsel, Prasanth Sugathan was part of a panel on privacy at the Digital Citizen Summit organized by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in Bangalore on 11th November, 2016. This session focused on digital...
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By Raissa Campagnaro[1]The Brazilian Federal Prosecution Ministry has brought civil proceedings against Google for flouting its data protection law. The suit challenges Google’s access to the content of emails exchanged by Gmail users on multiple grounds, including Google’s failure to...
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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 (the HIV Bill) is likely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha in the current winter session. The HIV Bill is aimed at preventing and controlling...
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A Brief BackgroundIn 2009, a defamation case was filed by Visaka Industries Ltd. (the ‘Company’) against a group called Ban Asbestos Network India (‘BANI’), its coordinator Mr. Gopal Krishna and Google India. The Company is involved in the manufacturing and...
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by sflc_admin | November 24, 2016We at SFLC.in have grown increasingly concerned of late by the appreciable spike in instances of online harassment across platforms. Whereas online speech platforms like social media websites, blogs, and discussion forums set...
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