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Govt’s internet shutdown rule challenged in Rajya Sabha

India's internet shutdown rule which allows for temporary shutdown of telecom and internet services "due to public emergency or public safety" was challenged by Rajya Sabha MP Husain Dalwai who called for annulment of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services Rules, 2017, on July 31 in the Monsoon session of Parliament. “That this House resolves that in pursuance of Section 7(5) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017, published in the Gazette of India, dated the 8th August, 2017, vide notification G.S.R. 998(E) and laid on the Table of the House on the 15th December, 2017, be annulled; and That this House recommends to Lok Sabha that Lok Sabha do concur in this Motion”. The rule was issued and notified under the Telegraph Act in August 2017. Internet…

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