Delhi HC seeks Centre Reply on Plea demanding CERT-IN Inquiry


Aishwarya Rathore

Published on: August 16, 2021 16:00 IST

A petition has been filed in Delhi High Court seeking directions on Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-IN) to initiate an inquiry into large-scale data breaches in data maintained by companies namely BigBasket, Domino’s and Air India.

On Friday, Justice Rekha Palli gave time to Ajay Digpaul, Central Government Standing Counsel to seek instructions in the case.

Y Kiran Chandra, the Petitioner, is the General Secretary of the FSMI (Free Software Movement of India), a national coalition of various regional and sectoral free software organisations working across India.

The Plea reads, “The said breaches constitute threats to physical and financial safety of users of these services. The address data, emails, contact numbers, financial details – credit and debit card details, KYC details leak pose a grave threat to security of users.”

The Plea added, “Since there is no law governing data protection in India as of now. Therefore, an investigation and review by CERT-In on frequent data breaches at mass level becomes important to safeguard the privacy of users.”

Moreover, a legal notice was sent to Ajay Lakra, Public Grievance Officer, CERT-In, on June 11, 2021, demanding him to investigate the data breaches.

In light of this, the petitioner has stated that CERT-In is not taking any action in response to cases of cyber security breaches and has requested for directions on the authority to comply with its citizen’s charter and respond to the grievances raised by the Petitioner.

The matter will be heard on 23 September.

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