News Post: January 8, 2013

  • The Government of West Bengal is considering appointing a private agency to carry out its surveillance functions in respect of media reports of the government appearing in all forms of media, including social media. The agency would be expected to submit daily reports to the Chief Minister. This disturbing move comes after the government has charged several political dissenters with claims of sedition and Section 66A of the IT Act.
  • In what could be the most serious privacy right violation, the Government of India is planning to compile a database of people convicted of the offence of rape on government websites (see here and here). This proposal comes in relation to the recent incidents of aggravated sexual assault in New Delhi.
  • More than 500 independent Internet Service provides who had been granted licenses, have returned their licenses and have shut down their business. Experts believe the reason for the same are poor government policies resulting in high prices.
  • In a welcome move, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently recommended that the government should not be involved in either setting up or distributing T.V. Channels. The report cites free speech issues as a reason for non-involvement of the government in T.V. broadcasting. The original report can be accessed here.

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