takedown guidance

Guidance on Requesting User Information or "Takedown" of User Data

Overview

ente values the privacy of the users of its services. We are committed to maintaining industry-leading levels of security and confidentiality of user information and data. However, privacy is not an absolute right and is subject to limitations.

This guidance describes how ente will look to achieve that balance and, in particular, the approach it will generally take to requests in criminal and civil actions against or involving its users. This guidance is aimed at providing transparency to everyone interested in ente's services and consistency in actions.

THIS GUIDANCE IS PROVIDED FOR ASSISTANCE ONLY. IT DOES NOT CREATE ANY LEGALLY BINDING OBLIGATIONS ON THE PART OF ENTE AND ENTE BEARS NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR COMPLYING OR NOT COMPLYING WITH IT, AS IT SEES FIT, AT ANY TIME. ALL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY SET OUT IN ENTE'S TERMS OF SERVICE APPLY EQUALLY TO THIS GUIDANCE.

ente reserves the right, unless required otherwise by applicable law, to provide differing levels and categories of information in response to different requests. Persons making a request should first check with ente what information will be available, particularly before applying for a criminal law production order or using civil law procedures to obtain user information or data.

ente may amend, replace or withdraw this guidance temporarily or permanently from time to time as it sees fit. ente will generally try to give advance notice if possible, before changes to this guidance come into effect.

Guiding Principles

The fundamental privacy-protective design of ente's services underlies ente's approach to law enforcement and takedown requests. This includes user control over the encryption/decryption keys as well as the extent and manner to which their files/folders/albums are shared. In considering any request for user data, user information or action involving an ente user, ente starts from the position that user data and information is private.

This guidance will be publicly available, including by publication on ente's website. ente may also periodically publish a summary of requests received and actions taken under this guidance.

Separate guidance provisions will apply to Emergency Response, Objectionable Material, and allegations of Copyright or Other Intellectual Property Infringing Material. These are dealt with separately below.

Even if the decryption key is provided to staff or otherwise publicly available, ente generally will not view, or attempt to view, files against which action is requested but it reserves the right to do so where the file has been decrypted if it considers necessary or appropriate. ente is not obliged to take action unless required to do so by applicable law but any action will be undertaken objectively, based only on the information provided by third parties, this guidance, its Terms of Service and its Privacy & Data Policy. Where there is any inconsistency between those documents, the Terms of Service prevail.

ente will promptly inform the user of any action taken where practicable provided it considers it appropriate or is required to do so by applicable law and provided it is not legally prevented from doing so by a court or other authority with appropriate jurisdiction.

ente may, if it chooses to do so, without being obliged to do so, and without submitting itself to any other jurisdiction's law or courts or tribunals, consider requests made by and assist non-Indian law enforcement authorities and civil claimants in whole or in part. It may decline to do so for any reason or no reason while being guided by the Principles detailed above.

General Guidance

The provisions in this section apply to all criminal law enforcement and civil information and takedown requests other than those for Emergency Response, alleged Child Exploitation Material, alleged Copyright Infringing Material or alleged Other Intellectual Property Infringing Material (for which, see below).

Other than as set out below in those specific situations, ente will generally only take action when required to do so by applicable law or a court or law enforcement authority with appropriate jurisdiction, although it reserves the right to do so at any time and for any reason or no reason, as set out in its Terms of Service. For civil matters, this generally means a court non-party discovery order or, if that is not available, a witness summons, subpoena or agreed affidavit or statement of facts. Persons making civil requests should strictly comply with the Bengaluru District Court or High Court Rules.

The information to be provided or action to be taken by enta shall be as specified in the relevant law or order, subject to ente being technically able to provide that information or take that action. As noted above, persons making criminal or civil information requests should contact ente first to see what information may be able to be provided.

Emergency Response

This is defined as a situation where, in the expert judgement of a senior officer of the Indian Police or similar law enforcement officer or authority acceptable to ente, ente has written assurance that the person making the request has valid reasons to believe that disclosure or action is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat to

  • public health or public safety;
  • the life or health of an individual or individuals;

and where the person giving such assurance confirms in writing that the threat is of such urgency that there is not time to obtain a production order or other court order.

If satisfied as to the above, ente may, in its discretion, accept a request in such situations in good faith. In doing so, ente will be relying on the assurances given by the person making such request and will look to them and their organisation to cover any costs, damages, penalties, compensation or other liability should that assurance turn out to be incorrect or wrongly given for any reason.

The information to be provided or action to be taken by ente shall be as specified by, and agreed with, the appropriately designated officer.

ente will provide the Indian Police and other agencies approved by ente with the mobile phone number and email address of contact person(s) who will act on behalf of ente in an emergency response situation.

Objectionable Material - Child Exploitation Material,

Violent Extremism, Bestiality, Zoophilia, Gore, Malware, Hacked/Stolen Data, Passwords

ente does not condone, authorise, support or facilitate the storage or sharing of Child Exploitation Material (CEM), also known as Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or other objectionable material or other internet-harming material. ente will take down or disable access to such material, close the user’s account and provide account details and other data to the appropriate authorities as it sees fit.

Users are warned in ente's Terms of Service and when using the service that they must comply with all laws including copyright and other intellectual property laws.

ente will publish on its website the information to be provided and statements to be made by copyright owners or their duly authorised agents/representatives, to notify ente of an alleged copyright infringement.

All copyright infringement "takedown" notices should be made by contacting [email protected] with all the information specified in clause 17 of the Terms of Service.

The notice provider of alleged copyright infringement shall be given the option of requesting either removal of access to an allegedly infringing file or removal of all file(s).

For file links, the submitter can request ente to disable access to the reported file.

Folders/albums often refer to a large number of files, of which only some are claimed to be infringing. If the submitter doesn’t provide identification of the individual copyrighted works and files within the folder/album that are claimed to have been infringed, ente disables the reported link consistent with option above.

ente will act on copyright infringement "takedown" notices in accordance with its Terms of Service.

Allegations of Other Intellectual Property Infringement ("notice and takedown")

ente will act in response to allegations of other forms of intellectual property infringement (e.g. trade mark infringement) in broadly similar fashion as for copyright infringement, reserving to itself the same discretions, rights and protections.

"Takedown" Notices of alleged intellectual property infringement other than copyright infringement, setting out full details similar to those required for copyright infringement "takedown" notices, should be sent to [email protected].

Where a third party initiates court action against an ente user for alleged copyright or intellectual property infringement and wishes to access information held by ente for that purpose, the General Guidance above applies, i.e. this generally means a non-party discovery order or, if that is not available, a witness summons, subpoena or agreed affidavit or statement of facts. Persons making civil requests should strictly comply with the Bengaluru District Court or High Court Rules.



Last updated 24 August 2021, effective 24 August 2021.

If you have a concern about any of these terms, please write to us at [email protected].