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Delhi High Court guidelines on removing offending content from the internet

Topics Covered: Cyber security related issues.

Delhi High Court guidelines on removing offending content from the internet:


Context:

Observing that “The Internet never sleeps and the Internet never forgets,” the Delhi High Court has issued a slew of directions to deal with the complications in removing offending content such as photographs and videos from pornographic websites.

What’s the case?

The case stems from a petition by a woman who claimed that her photographs and images, though not in themselves obscene or offensive, were taken from her Facebook and Instagram accounts without her consent, and were uploaded on a pornographic website with derogatory captions added to them.

Directions issued:

  • A court, when approached with such a grievance, should issue a direction to the website or online platform on which the offending content is hosted to remove such content forthwith, and in any event, within 24 hours of the receipt of the court order.
  • “A direction should also be issued to the website or online platform on which the offending content is hosted to preserve all information and associated records relating to the offending content at least for a period of 180 days for use in an investigation.

Sources: the Hindu.