The Bombay High Court has directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) to conduct an inquiry into the disclosure of personal data of more than 4,000 Right to Information (RTI) applicants on its website, reported LiveLaw and Bar and Bench. The Bombay High Court's verdict will likely set precedent over the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) by the government, in line with the Right to Privacy judgement. The division bench was hearing a petition filed by Saket Gokhale, an RTI activist. Gokhale had filed an RTI application with the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs in October, seeking information about the "Bharat ki Laxmi" campaign. The application was then transferred to the I&B Ministry, which later uploaded it along with his personal details on its website. It was later established from a supplementary affidavit by the ministry that details of 4,474 RTI applicants including Gokhale had been uploaded on the same website along with personal details. Last week, the court had pulled up the Ministry for the lapse. It expressed surprise over finding that so many applications had been uploaded. The court on Thursday directed the Ministry to conduct an inquiry into the disclosure of personal data. The Secretary, I&B ministry has been told to finish the inquiry within three months, failing which Gokhale can approach the court again. The court also imposed a fine of ₹25,000 on the Indian government to compensate for Gokhale's litigation costs. Furthermore, it granted Gokhale the liberty to move the civil court for damages incurred…
Bombay HC orders probe into disclosure of RTI applicants’ details on I&B Ministry’s website: Reports
- Indian crypto exchanges plan to collect identity details for crypto transfers to private wallets: Report June 3, 2023
- Jugalbandi, A Chatbot for Rural India by Microsoft and EkStep: What to Know and Think About? June 3, 2023
- Hopeful to See Action Against E-Pharmacies Selling Medicines Online Without Licenses: Pharmacy Body Writes to States and UTs June 3, 2023
- Meta to give advertisers more control using AI and content filters June 2, 2023
- Transparency Report: Here’s all Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google had to say about user complaints in April June 2, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Is it safe to consider all "publicly available data" as public?
PhonePe launched an e-commerce buyer app for ONDC called Pincode. We, however, believe that it should also launch a seller app.
Amazon announced that it will integrate its logistics network and SmartCommerce services with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?
After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...
Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...