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  • 05 April, 2023

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CERT-in may be exempted from RTI

CERT-in may be exempted from RTI

  • According to information provided to Parliament by the government, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) may soon be immune from having to reply to requests made under the Right to Information Act.


  • The Second Schedule to the RTI Act, which deals with exempted organisations like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Border Security Force, has been reviewed by the Department of Personnel and Training in relation to a proposal from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to include the CERT-in .
  • The names of the intelligence and security agencies that are excluded from the scope of the RTI Act are listed in Schedule-II.
  • The exemption would provide CERT-in the right to reject any request for information, even requests for information on questions of policy. In light of the body's April 2022 guidelines mandating cryptocurrency companies and Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers to preserve user requests, this is significant.

About CERT-in

  • It's a division of the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), which was set up in 2004 in accordance with the IT Act 2000.
  • It is the central agency for handling risks to computer security.
  • Enhance the Indian Internet domain's defences relating to security.
  • When cyber incidents such as data breaches and ransomware attacks are reported, coordinate with governmental and commercial organisations in India.
  • As a guide for organisations, publish advisories on software vulnerabilities.
  • There seem to be responsibilities shared by CERT-IN and other organisations that include:
  • The National Technological Research Organization (NTRO), which reports to the Prime Minister's Office, is home to the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center (NCIIPC).
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for overseeing the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Source: The Hindu

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