The country’s Information Technology Act of 2000 has been in place for nearly a decade.
But as the IT sector has expanded, so has the scope for the Indian government to restrict what its citizens can do online.
While the act allows Indian citizens to access certain websites and social media, it also requires internet service providers to keep a database of all the websites users have visited and the types of websites they’ve visited.
That information can then be shared with police and other government agencies to help them track down criminal activity.
The country’s government has repeatedly said that this database of users’ web browsing habits is not linked to the actual content of websites, but rather is used for “data protection purposes” in case of criminal investigations.
And as more Indians go online to access the web, the government has tightened the rules in an attempt to prevent this.
India’s Supreme Court recently ruled that data protection is a fundamental right of citizens, and that the government should provide internet service for its citizens in order to protect them from any kind of abuse.
In March, the country’s Supreme Judicial Court issued a series of orders that require Internet Service Providers to keep the user’s “data on file,” including browsing history, IP addresses, and even a user’s personal email address, for a year.
The court also ordered the government to provide internet access for at least 30 days to every Indian citizen.
“The government’s recent orders have been interpreted as prohibiting Internet users from accessing certain websites,” Rajeev Prakash, executive director of advocacy group Information Technology for People’s Rights (ITIPP), told The Times.
“If they were to be able to do that, then we would be forced to fight for Internet freedom.
That would be a big step backward.”
Internet users can also opt out of the requirement to keep their data on file.
India’s government, however, has repeatedly defended the requirements, saying that keeping a user information on file means the user can’t be tracked down and that it’s not linked with the content of any website.
The government’s position has been that the data is only used for criminal investigations, and is therefore exempt from data protection law.
A government spokesperson declined to comment on this issue.
Prakash said the government’s interpretation of the data retention rules has been based on an incorrect assumption.
“The data retention regime is not a data retention law.
It is a surveillance law,” he said.
“Data retention laws require that data is kept for law enforcement purposes, which are separate from what the data might be used for.
The data is collected in the same manner as all other information, so it cannot be linked to any specific content.
And data retention is based on a need to protect national security.”
India’s government does not yet have a final decision on whether to impose data retention measures, which would require a new vote in Parliament.
Prakasaid the government is “still debating” the issue, and he said the data needs to be collected to prevent the rise of cyber-criminals.
He said if data retention laws are made permanent, the law should not be used to limit the right of internet users to free speech.
India has one of the world’s strictest privacy laws in the world, and its data protection legislation is considered by many to be one of its strongest.
For instance, it has made it a crime to violate privacy laws by posting private data on the internet.
But privacy advocates say that India’s laws are being used to restrict the rights of online users, as it restricts the data being shared by service providers with law enforcement agencies.
Palkhivala, an Indian journalist, said the country has not only taken the data-retention issue very seriously, but it has also been a source of inspiration for Indian tech companies, who are looking to develop new services and expand their business.
“India is one of only two countries in the region where people can freely access social media and online services without having to give any personal information to service providers,” Palkhiala said.
The country is also one of few that allows the use of encryption and other technologies to protect privacy.