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Activist Shreya Singhal to challenge Government move to intercept data on computers

Dec 27, 2018 by The Passage Team
Activist Shreya Singhal to challenge Government move to intercept data on computers

Shreya Singhal, the activist whose petition led the Supreme Court to strike down a draconian provision in the IT Act in 2015, plans to challenge two recent moves of the government – allowing 10 agencies to intercept data on computers and the draft intermediary guidelines that put the onus on internet and social media companies to trace messages and remove content.

The apex court had scrapped Section 66A of the IT Act and watered down Section 79 following the petition by Singhal.

In an exclusive interview to ET, Singhal – now a Delhi High Court advocate – called the home ministry notification allowing government agencies to intercept data on computers “shocking” and said the draft amendments to the intermediary guidelines of Section 79 were an indirect way of bringing back Section 66A, which the court had deemed unconstitutional.

Source: The Economic Times

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