SC's demand for apology, arrest of BJP worker shows how Section 66A of IT Act continues to haunt free speech despite being struck down
While Priyanka Sharma has been released and the Supreme Court waived the condition of apology, the fact that she was asked to apologise in the first place raises the question if Section 66A is still in existence
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Another essential factor when dealing with bullying and harassment perpetrated by children is to hold the parents also accountable for their children’s behaviour.
Cyber stalking against women invariably takes the form of sexual harassment.
The report underlines that in the meantime Indian law remains inadequate for the effective protection of privacy.
No ban on media, but social media needs regulations, says Arun Jaitley: How will the govt strike that balance?
Delivering the Sardar Patel lecture organised by All India Radio (AIR) in New Delhi, Arun Jaitley, noted that while the right to freedom of expression has expanded in India through successive judicial verdicts and technological advances, its misuse continues to happen.
The month of March, 2015 was a historic month in the history of independent India in the context of Information Technology, where significant events happened which have a profound long-term impact upon various stakeholders.
The report states that the Centre started work on the new legislation after intelligence agencies complained that the scrapping of the Sec 66A left them with no law to deal with posts on social media that may lead to breach of security or could incite people to commit offences.
"The strictness we have shown (in these matters) has led to a marked dip in such posts on the social media...it has discouraged the wrong doers," he said defending the arrest of the youth, who was later released on bail.
Dependence of the agents of the state on the political class can create situations where they can be employed against the individual or the citizenry.
Kashmir has been a particularly enthusiastic user of section 66A of the Information and Technology act.
The same bench which struck down section 66A also held that IT crimes can have different punishments than what is prescribed under the Indian Penal Code for the same offence
As the Supreme Court, scrapped Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, reactions poured in on Twitter hailing the move making the hashtag #OnlineAzadi trend on Twitter.
Behold the great flip-flop on Section 66A: The political acrobatics of Sibal, Jaitley, Chidu, Prasad et al
If nothing else, the reaction to this 66A verdict exposes the hypocrisy of politicians.
Here is all you need to know about Shreya Singhal, the 24-year-old girl who was the first to petition against the draconian Section 66A of the IT Act.
On the day the Supreme Court quashed Information Technology Act's section 66A as violative of constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech, Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said here the platform will ensure that its users' "voices" are defended, even as it would make it harder for any "abuse" to take place.
Lawyers struggling to preserve freedom of expression have welcomed decision to scrap Section 66A of the IT Act and hoped that with the "landmark judgement" would help prevent the "abuse" of the "draconian law".
In the eye of a storm over arrest of a student for allegedly posting "objectionable" remark against him, SP leader Azam Khan on Tuesday refused to comment on the Supreme Court scrapping the controversial provision of cyber law but accused the media of "supporting criminals".
Criminalising it makes people fearful and faceless. It allows the police, political thugs and local magistrates to intimidate, penalise and ultimately silence democratic dissent. UPA’s 66A was a godsend for them because it allowed them to book anybody, who uttered anything in cyberspace, for violation of law.