ISPs cannot block Uber and Ola websites due to technical issues

As a response to Department of Telecommunications order to block Delhi websites of Uber and Ola cab services, Internet Service providers plan to write to telecom department expressing their inability to adhere to the order due to some technical limitations.


“We can only block http sites and not the https sites as the latter have higher encryption codes,” Rajesh Chharia, the president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) said. “TaxiForSure website can be blocked as it is an http site”, he added. He also stated that the inability to block the websites were repeatedly communicated to the Government.

The sources further say that the Government had promised to set up a committee to observe the matter, but was not fulfilled. There also seems to exist a confusion within the telecom department about the new directive, with a few claiming that they are totally unaware of it.

Few newspapers report that the department itself tried to block the websites during March, but failed to proceed due to the strong encryption code. Government takes the stand that the taxi services are unlicensed radio taxis and that they do no adhere to the state law. Based on which, it asked to ban these services’ digital platforms. These services came under the scrutiny when an Uber driver raped a woman passenger in November 2014.

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Surya Sengupta
May 18, 2015 2:00 pm 2:00 PM

The services of these taxi operators should be stopped rather than blocking the website.

Faruk Kadir
May 15, 2015 11:51 pm 11:51 PM

Those who don’t know about big data concept please dare to reply here.

Ola and uber is passing through a series onion ring.

May 16, 2015 10:45 am 10:45 AM


May 15, 2015 11:06 pm 11:06 PM

@sudhakar You sir, are the paragon of trolling on websites. And I refuse to engage you any more. Are you so hurt because you work for one of these companies?

I only pointed out that the reason given by the so-called president of ISPAI is not true. I didn’t take a stand on whether blocking websites is good or bad.

May 15, 2015 11:32 pm 11:32 PM

So where did he point out you for that reason brother
He just gave a blank comment
I think u are not used to this conversation so u have said that thing

May 16, 2015 5:13 pm 5:13 PM

Well said.