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Parliament Report: 7 Key Recommendations on Internet Shutdowns India’s Telecom Dept Didn’t Follow

Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology has called out the Indian govt for lack of data on internet shutdowns and disharmony in suspension rules

“The Committee find it unfortunate to note that no efforts have been made by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to implement the recommendation of the Committee and maintain records related to internet shutdowns ordered by State Governments…they are not aware of the number of internet shutdowns imposed by the States,” observed the Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology in a Parliament report published on February 9, 2023. The Committee has called out the Indian government not only for the lack of data on internet shutdowns but also for not taking efforts to ensure: if the suspension orders are in accordance with the telecom suspension rules, and if the suspension rules are being properly reviewed by Review Committees across states. The 53-page report reviews the actions taken by the government on the recommendations made by the Committee in their 26th report on ‘Suspension of Telecom Services/Internet and its impact’, which came out on December 1, 2021. It lays out key recommendations that have not been followed by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and those that are interim in nature. STAY ON TOP OF TECH POLICY: Our daily newsletter with top stories from MediaNama and around the world, delivered to your inbox before 9 AM. Click here to sign up today!  Why it matters? Internet shutdowns have been increasingly used as a go-to method by authorities in India for various reasons, not always related to law and order or public emergencies. Internet rights groups have…

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