Ep. 767: Blocking Apps and Scrutiny

Last week, reports suggested that the Union Government had issued orders to block an additional 54 apps from China, making it the fifth time such action was taken since June 2020. Prateek Waghre and Sapni GK join Rohan Seth to unpack the app bans, related developments surrounding the use of emergency powers under the 2021 IT Rules, and the need for a higher burden of proof on the Union Government to demonstrate their claims.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Economic Times report regarding the order to ban apps

Medianama video referenced while discussing Press Releases issued

December 2021 Press Release regarding YouTube channels

January 2022 Press Release regarding YouTube channels

Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009