Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
TopicIT Act

Topic: IT Act

‘Disproportionate use of power’ — Why Twitter has moved court & challenged govt’s censorship orders

The US micro-blogging site has sought a legal review of India’s ‘take down content’ orders, a fresh twist in its fight against India’s strict IT rules.

‘Singled out by govt’ — Twitter users could ‘jointly approach court’ as posts, handles blocked

Twitter ‘withheld’ more than 80 tweets and handles Sunday night after receiving orders from Union govt. Affected users include journalist Rana Ayyub and Sikh activist Amaan Bali.

JPC report on data protection bill has loopholes & more bad news for social media companies

The amended Bill gives the central govt more power to make key decisions, enough for social media companies to be wary.

Modi govt ordered blocking of 9,849 social media accounts in 2020, 2,000% more than 2014

MoS for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Parliament that blocking of accounts followed 'due process', was in line with mission for 'open, safe, trusted, and accountable internet'.

SC issues notice to states, HCs on booking people under scrapped section 66A of IT Act

Under section 66A of the IT Act, which was scrapped by the apex court in 2015, a person posting offensive messages could be imprisoned for up to three years and also fined.

Watching, publishing, sharing pornography: What is a crime in India and what isn’t

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra has been arrested for allegedly being a ‘key conspirator’ in a case pertaining to pornographic films. Here’s what the laws say.

‘Shocking, terrible’ that people still booked under scrapped Section 66A of IT Act, SC says

An application filed before the top court by People’s Union for Civil Liberties claimed 745 cases were pending trial in courts in 11 states under the now-defunct Section 66A of IT Act.

Twitter loses legal immunity in India over non-compliance with IT rules

Sources in the government confirmed that Twitter is now liable for action under IPC, as it failed to adhere to the IT rules and appoint key executives under the new guidelines.

On Camera

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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