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COAI to DoT: Full blocking of mobile apps to harm users constitutional hurt biz interests

Industry body COAI has cautioned against blocking of mobile apps, saying it would not only impinge on freedom of speech and expression of users, but also hit routine day-to-day communications, commercial activity, and business interests. The mobile association has written back to the Telecom Department, which had sought the industry s views on technical measures which can be adopted for blocking mobile apps like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc in situations where national security and public order are under threat. In its three-page reply to the Telecom Department, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has cited technical constraints, flagged risks of over-blocking, and cautioned that blocking must be targeted only at content or account level to minimise impact on innocent users . Blocking of mobile applications as a whole to prohibit circulation of certain content would likely impinge the principles of freedoms of speech, expression and information by ..

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