Applications Blocked on Security Apprehensions

The Government of India, through the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has by way of a Press Note dated June 29, 2020, blocked and disallowed access to 59 mobile applications. The Press Note has been issued pursuant to Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 read with the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009 (‘Blocking Rules’) based on apprehensions of threat to the security of data of Indian citizens. The Press Note prohibits the use of these applications through mobile and non-mobile internet enabled services on the grounds that the applications are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity or defence of India, security of State and public order and has been issued as an emergency measure. The Blocking Rules contemplate that any emergency blocking will be examined by a committee set up under the rules which can consider the issue and recommend whether the blocking should continue.

Published In:Inter Alia - Quarterly Edition - June 2020 [ English
Date: June 30, 2020