Google, Microsoft, Yahoo face SC fury, know why

Prabhakar Mishra, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rapped tech giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft for not adhering to Indian laws by permitting online advertisements for sex determination tests prohibited in India

SC ordered all companies to constitute an internal expert panel immediately to identify and block keywords indicative of sex determination.

The SC bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra observed that Google India, Yahoo India and Microsoft India were dishonouring Indian law by allowing online advertisements about sex determination tests. The companies, however, stated that they were complying with all laws.

"Google India, Yahoo India, and Microsoft India need to be more responsive. Earlier also, there were several examples of foreign jurisdictions banning similar content, so why not in India? They have not shown a proper attitude, by claiming that even content on illegal issues such as murder, rape cannot be blocked," the bench said.

The Centre has been directed to set up a nodal agency within a week to keep watch on these internet giants and take appropriate steps for removing offensive advertisements.

SC was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2008 by Sabu Mathew George, complaining that a number of foreign websites are soliciting couples to undergo sex determination tests that are banned under the Indian laws.

Next hearing has been fixed for April 11.