Around 200 People in J&K Booked Under UAPA For Using VPNs _ The Quint.mp4
Published on Feb 18, 2020
Is using a VPN an act of terror? In Jammu and Kashmir, where social media has been banned since 5 August 2019, apparently IT IS.
The J&K Police has booked around 200 people in Kashmir for terrorism after they used VPNs to go online and share things on social media. In case you didn’t know, a VPN or a Virtual Private Network is used to bypass firewalls and access blocked websites.
If that last bit went over your head, let me quickly explain what it means. Some citizens used apps to bypass the government’s firewall and access social media in Kashmir.
For this, the police has registered FIRs against people UNDER Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act OR UAPA, AND Section 66A of the Information Technology Act (which was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2015).
While you let that sink in, let’s start with our introductions.
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