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WhatsApp banned over 37 lakh Indian accounts in November. Here's why

In its monthly compliance report under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 published on Thursday, WhatsApp revealed it received 946 reports, which included ban appeals, account support, product support and others. It said the action was taken on 74 accounts.

The WhatsApp logo is seen in this illustration.(REUTERS)
The WhatsApp logo is seen in this illustration.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 11:18 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Centre bans Pakistan-based OTT platform Vidly TV for 'anti-India' web series

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), in its order, stated that the web series aired on the OTT Platform “was found to be detrimental to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, India’s friendly relations with foreign States, and public order in the country".

Centre bans Vidly TV OTT platform app aired
Centre bans Vidly TV OTT platform app aired "Sevak: The Confessions" web series.(screengrab /Vidly TV)
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 10:17 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

IT Act reforms: Plug leakage of sensitive State information

Let us bring some sobriety and balance to the issue of security and safety. Only then will we know how to live fearlessly and sensibly

In 2008, the IT Act underwent an overhaul. Several reforms were made, including the substitution of “digital signature” with “electronic signature” to make the Act technology-neutral.g-hacking (REUTERS)
In 2008, the IT Act underwent an overhaul. Several reforms were made, including the substitution of “digital signature” with “electronic signature” to make the Act technology-neutral.g-hacking (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 16, 2022 08:19 PM IST
ByRK Raghavan

Centre may tweak IT Act, bring in new penalties

At present, sections 43-46 of the IT act allows for civil penalties for which compensation may also be paid to victims.

The plans are part of an overhaul of the mainstay law to deal with information technology in an effort to update the legal framework to keep in step with developments in the area. (Shutterstock)
The plans are part of an overhaul of the mainstay law to deal with information technology in an effort to update the legal framework to keep in step with developments in the area. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 16, 2021 03:12 AM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Supreme Court notice to states on use of scrapped Section 66A

Centre told Supreme Court that it was the primary duty of states and UTs to desist from lodging any fresh cases under the law

Earlier this month (on July 5), the bench said it was “shocking” and “distressing” that there was a fivefold increase in the registration of cases under Section 66A(Reuters)
Earlier this month (on July 5), the bench said it was “shocking” and “distressing” that there was a fivefold increase in the registration of cases under Section 66A(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 03, 2021 04:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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