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CERT-in may be exempted from RTI

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Source: TH


Context: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) may soon be exempt from responding to queries under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005.


Background: The DoPT has reviewed a proposal from the MeitY to include CERT-in in the 2nd Schedule to the RTI Act, which deals with exempted organisations like the CBI and the BSF.



  • It is an office within the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) established in 2004 under the IT Act 2000.
  • It is the nodal agency to
    • To deal with cyber security threats.
    • To strengthen the security-related defence of the Indian Internet domain.
    • Coordinate with public and private organisations in India when cyber incidents like data breaches and ransomware attacks are reported.
    • To issue advisories for software vulnerabilities as guidance for organisations.