A writ petition was filed by Yarlagadda Kiran Chandra, General Secretary of FSMI (Free Software Movement of India) in the context of the investigation process in various data breach cases. The Delhi High Court inquired about the Government of India’s plan for the investigation of cybersecurity breaches and data leaks in various mobile applications.

The petition had urged the Delhi High Court to order Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-IN) to investigate the cybersecurity breaches and data leaks that occurred on applications such as Bigbasket, Domino’s, MobiKwik, and Air India which had left lakhs of Indian’s personal, physical, and financial data compromised and vulnerable.

Due to the lack of any specific data protection law except the IT Act in India, the petition sought investigation directions by the honourable court. The petition specifically mentions CERT-IN for investigation as CERT-IN rules were made under Section 70B of the IT Act, 2000 that empowers the central body to collect and analyze information on cyber incidents, to call for information, to issue directions, and to address citizen grievance.

By: Sanchit Seth

Legal Intern, WCSF

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