Sublime Software Ltd v. Union Of India

The petitioner sought a court order to publish and revoke the order blocking its messaging app, Briar, under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000. Briar, a FOSS app crucial for communication during emergencies, was blocked in Jammu and Kashmir due to national security concerns. The court upheld the block, emphasizing that national security outweighs natural justice principles, and confidentiality is required. The petitioner’s claims of procedural lapses were dismissed, and the writ petition was denied.

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The flight of rights

Today, technological solutions like DigiYatra, often hailed as panaceas, rather than mitigating a passenger’s woe only add to their misery. This is a pattern that is widespread across several deployments of what is today termed as Digital Public Infrastructure.

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