The Right To Be Forgotten: A Struggle Between Memory And Forgetting

by Archi Agrawal

Introduction

The Right to be forgotten as described by the European Commission is essentially ‘the right of individuals to have their data fully removed when it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected’.[1] When the data appears to be “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to those purposes and  in the light of the time that has elapsed”,[2] the individuals under certain conditions can ask the search engines to remove links with personal information about them.[3] Continue reading The Right To Be Forgotten: A Struggle Between Memory And Forgetting

Aadhaar, As It Stands Today

by Joshita Pai

Despite formalizing a legislative structure for the ambitious Aadhaar project, several grave concerns surrounding the project remain unresolved. The recent passage of the Aadhaar Bill in the Lok Sabha, which rejected crucial amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha, displays an utter disregard to the plea of balancing social welfare schemes with protection of several other rights.

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Intermediary liability in the context of the Shreya Singhal judgment

by Joshita Pai

The ruling of the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal marked the demise of the draconian section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000. The impugned provision caught nationwide attention after the arrest of two girls over a facebook post. The post was a comment on the inconvenience caused by the shutting down of the city during the death procession of the then Shiv Sena Chief, Mr. Bal Thakeray. The nullification of the provision which was sought after in a string of petitions owing to its vagueness and scope of misuse, reinstated the extension of the right to free speech in the virtual media.

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Monitoring paid news in the context of electoral reforms

by Joshita Pai

Paid News characteristically is content which results not from the efforts of a journalist but from the consideration given to the media houses for its publication. In certain instances, it is poorly veiled since the content acts as a de facto mouth piece of an electoral candidate or a political party.

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