India fairs poor in Internet Freedom, says Transparency Report of Google

India, second country in the globe  to lead in the top 10 countries requesting user information from January to June 2013 from search engine giant, Google. However, USA tops the list with 10,981 requests followed by India with 2,691 requests  to Google. This  was revealed by  Transparency Report published by  search engine giant Google.

According to the Google, out of the total request, 64 per cent requests were provided with desired information.

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According to  the report since 2010, “requests from governments for user information have increased by more than 100 percent. This comes as usage of our services continues to grow, but also as more governments have made requests than ever before. And these numbers only include the requests we’re allowed to publish.”

This very much highlights Government of India steps to curtail the Internet freedom with draconian law and also keeping a watch over internet to monitor users in India. However,  the nature of requests from the government of India to Google has not been categorized whether the requests are  political in nature, regarding national security or for any other issues.

By year 2014, India will have 243 million internet users, surpassing  USA which has the second largest internet base in the world, according to the I-Cube 2013 report, released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International

At present, China leads with more than 300 million internet users while the US has an estimated 207 million internet users. (Source: TOI)

The  “draconian”  section 69 of the 2008 Information Technology (Amendment) Act, empowers the Indian government to direct any Internet service to block, intercept, monitor, or decrypt “any information through any computer resource.”

In April 2011 the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India,  issued new guidelines for “intermediaries” (such as internet service providers, website hosting service providers, search engines and online payment sites), under which Internet companies are expected to remove content that regulators deem “grossly harmful,” ”harassing,” or “ethnically objectionable” within 36 hours. Failure to comply could land companies with fines or possible jail time.

 

 

 

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