Section 69 A of IT Act
Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act 2000, allows the Indian Government for issuing directions to block the public access of any information through any computer resource. The central government can block apps or access to online content to the public under this act.
- The section also mandates some reasons on which the power for blocking is based, namely, ‘In the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the State’ among others.
- The Information Technology Act, 2000 is the primary law in India, related to cybercrime and electronic commerce.
- The first draft for the act for created by the Commerce Ministry as Ecommerce Act, 1998.
- The act was enacted on June 9, 2000, and finally came into effect on October 17, 2000. The act amended different sections of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Banker's Book Evidence Act, 1891, and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
- After enacting the act, India became the 12th country in the world to enact cyber laws.
- The act was amended in the year 2008 wherein Section 66A and 69 were introduced.
- In addition to this, provisions addressing cyber terrorism, pornography, child pornography, and voyeurism were also introduced.
43 More Chinese Apps Banned
In November 2020, the Central Government has banned 43 more Chinese apps including popular e-commerce platform AliExpress, under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. Other popular apps that have been banned this time include Snack Video, AliPay Cashier, WeDate, etc. Earlier in the month of June, the Government of India had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and in September, 118 more apps were banned. This order to ban these apps has been issued on the basis of reports provided by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center under the Ministry of Home Affairs.