5 Facts: How India used 69A Information Technology Act Power to ban 59 Chinese Apps

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Recently, the Central Government used 69A Information Technology Act and banned 59 Chinese Apps such as Tik-Tok and WeChat.

Here are the 5 facts about 69A – Information Technology Act:

  1. Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan introduced the 69A Information Technology Act, and Parliament passed this on June 9, 2000.
  2. Section 69A of the IT Act allows the Central Government to block the online content for Public access. Earlier this year also, the Government has blocked over 8000 websites under Section 69A of the IT Act.
  3. The Government is required to record the reasons for blocking in writing, which would be amenable to judicial scrutiny.
  4. One of the two procedures to be followed for blocking content
Send a formal notice for hearing to the company/Individual who has hosted the information. Then the Government decides after hearing and reviewing all the information and evidence in detail.
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The second method is Emergency cases where the designated officer can issue an interim order blocking the content without giving a hearing.
5. Multiple petitions raised in the past when Government ordered blocking of contents; however, all the time, the Indian Supreme court came in favor of the 69A IT Act. The last time in March 2015, the Indian Supreme Court gave the verdict that Section 69A IT Act to block the websites is constitutionally valid.

How India Banned these 59 apps 

  • The Ministry of IT has received many complaints and various detailed reports that many mobile apps are stealing and secretly transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers that have locations outside India. This issue ultimately affects India’s sovereignty and integrity, which is a matter of profound and immediate concern that requires emergency actions.

 

  • The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps, based on the recent credible inputs, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of these 59 Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. 

Official Government copy of 69A-IT Act

Official Press Release

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