CanIndia: SC: Intermediaries like Google can’t claim protection from defamation. “The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that intermediaries like Google cannot claim any protection for publishing defamatory content online prior to the 2009 amendment to Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act. The apex court has asked Google to face trial.” Just to make clear, this is India’s Supreme Court.
Times of India: If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC . “The Supreme Court on Friday sought to goad the Centre to check misuse of social media platforms for circulating fake news and rumours, saying it could step in to do what is required if there was no action by the executive. ”
Gizmodo Australia: Supreme Court Restricts India’s Colossal Biometric Database. “India’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s sweeping biometric database does not violate privacy rights. But the panel of five judges did decide to place restrictions on the program, according to The Times of India. Under the Aadhaar system, all citizens, residents and visiting workers of India — an estimated 1.2 billion people — are virtually required to provide iris scans and fingerprints to the government so they can receive a unique 12-digit identity code.”
Business Insider: India’s social media monitoring plan worries Supreme Court. “A government plan to monitor social media could turn India into a ‘surveillance state’, the Supreme Court was cited as saying on Friday as it asked the government to respond to such worries within two weeks, a lawyer involved in the case said.”
From Bar & Bench, in India: SC directs Google et al to put in place in-house mechanism to remove search results on pre-natal sex determination. “The Supreme Court of India today directed Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to set up an in-house mechanism to remove online search results, which has ‘potential to go counter’ to Section 22 of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (Act).”