Restricting corporate intrusion
In 2016, Facebook offered to give Indians free access to a limited version of the internet that it would control, through a program called “Free Basics.” The initiative was widely protested and eventually rejected by the government. In November 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority declared the internet a basic human right, banning ISPs from tampering with web traffic based on its contents. The decision was broadly seen a victory for net neutrality.
Surveillance by the state
The future of internet freedom in India, however, is still in jeopardy. In December 2018, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs gave 10 government agencies the power to intercept and monitor its citizens’ internet traffic, sparking outrage among those who fear the power will be used to foster a surveillance state in India. Using a VPN is the easiest way to resist attempts to control your internet. ExpressVPN hides your IP address and encrypts your traffic to keep your activity private and secure.