As in keeping with an order dated May 18, 2020, the DoT had directed all web provider suppliers to dam 3 URLs of WeTransfer, reportedly carried out within the pursuits of, “national security and public order”.
In reaction to an RTI filed through digital rights advocacy team Internet India Foundation (IIF) on June 1, DoT mentioned, “It is intimated that information sought by the applicant may impede the process of investigation and therefore the CPIO is not obliged to disclose the same under section 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act 2005.”
WeTransfer is a well-liked document sharing provider, based totally within the Netherlands, used for sharing massive recordsdata. “It has even been as late as 2017 been used in press releases on the Press Information Bureau by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries,” IFF mentioned in a weblog.
IFF argued that the Order has no longer been pro-actively printed and therefore “there exists a large amount of confusion amongst the large base of WeTransfer users in India as the website is being inconsistently blocked across ISPs throughout India.”
Further, the order does no longer comprise any said causes however directs that 3 URLs be blocked. “An absence of any reasoning makes the Order appear mechanical and lacking an application of mind,” IFF mentioned.
The rights team, in a separate illustration, has advised DoT to recall the order and begin a recent procedure below the Blocking Rules with proactive public disclosure and a chance for WeTransfer representatives to make their case in defence.
The team had previous filed RTIs to hunt causes for blockading of Telegram and Porn internet sites previously to which replies are awaited.