Can’t Block Uber, Ola Due To High Encryption Codes: ISPs

The Delhi government’s move to block the websites of taxi hailing aggregators like Ola, Uber seems to be an unsettled argument as ISPs expressed inability to block Uber, Ola due to high encryption codes. The ISPs can only block http sites and not the https sites due to its higher encryption codes. The ISPs cannot block the https sites of Uber and Ola, whereas TaxiForSure website can be blocked as its an http site.

The Delhi government’s move to block the websites of taxi hailing aggregators like Ola, Uber seems to be an unsettled argument as ISPs expressed inability to block Uber, Ola due to high encryption codes.
Uber Ola TaxiForSureAmid confusion between the Delhi government, Department of Telecommunication and ISPs; the DoT on Tuesday had ordered the ISPs to block the websites and apps of Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola. The order also mentioned that the government will be liable to initiate actions under Sec 12 of the IT Act if the telecom companies and ISPs fail to block the apps.
There were media reports stating that the websites of taxi aggregators Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber is already blocked and the customers will no more be able to avail their services. The reports also quote ISP officials saying that they will only have to block the Delhi link of the websites of the companies and for the apps access can be restricted so the Delhi users won’t be able to access.
However, in a recent development, the ISPs expressed their inability to abide by the government order to block the URL of these websites. The ISPs will soon write a letter to the Department of Telecommunication regarding the same.
The ISPs can only block http sites and not the https sites due to its higher encryption codes. The ISPs cannot block the https sites of Uber and Ola, whereas TaxiForSure website can be blocked as its an http site.

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