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Apar Gupta

Apar Gupta

No more Section 66A Cases? We are building a "Zombie Tracker" with Civic Data Labs! #AgamiChallenge

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of India in March, 2015. This section was vague and lead to arbitrary arrests of young college students, a cartoonist and many other social media users. Hence, the judgement came as a huge relief. It meant that the unconstitutional Section 66A would not be able to used in future and even pending cases would be closed. But, this did not happen to our horror. The problem is the implementation I
09 September, 2019
3 min read

Need silver linings? NPCI responds to our representation. It is investigating the Truecaller "Breach"

NPCI writes back indicated two specific steps to counter the Truecaller breach. First it had stopped on boarding new Truecaller users on the UPI Platform. Second the matter is under investigation and we will be informed after diligence is completed in all matters.
07 August, 2019
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We strongly condemn the communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir and urge an end to internet shutdowns across India

The developments of the past few days are of immense consequence to the future of our democracy, and the voices from Jammu and Kashmir need to be heard the loudest, not silenced en masse.
06 August, 2019
2 min read

True (caller) or False (caller)? We ask NPCI to answer this question.

Truecaller users faced automatic registration of their UPI based IDs without their knowledge and consent. We write to the NPCI suggesting a few measures to consider in addressing these issues.
02 August, 2019
2 min read

Statement on the TikTok Ban

We are in the process of conferring with legal counsel and will be taking steps to ensure that the fundamental rights of internet users are considered by the Hon’ble Court. As with all of IFF’s work, subsequent steps and updates will be informed regularly and transparently.
04 April, 2019
2 min read

An Appeal: Please, do not jail PUBG users.

As per media reports which surfaced yesterday the Rajkot Police Department has arrested 7 youths for playing the PUBG online video game. Clearly things have spiralled out of control.
14 March, 2019
3 min read

We call on MEITY in our counter comments to withdraw the proposed changes to the Intermediary rules. They are unconstitutional and open to legal challenge. #ITRules #SaveOurPrivacy #RightToMeme

The draft Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2018 must be recalled. They are unconstitutional and against the fundamental rights of privacy and free speech of Indians.
16 February, 2019
3 min read

Protect your business. Protect your users. #ITRules #SaveOurPrivacy #RightToMeme

We call on tech start-ups to press for a recall of the proposed changes to Intermediary Rules. #ITRules #SaveOurPrivacy #RightToMeme
12 February, 2019
3 min read

Digital rights and research organisations are unanimous. Proposed changes to Intermediary Rules must be recalled. #ITRules #SaveOurPrivacy #RightToMeme

Do not let the Government weaken your privacy and censor you online. Take action today. Send them an email.
11 February, 2019
3 min read

Need for the Parliamentary Committee on IT to broaden participation and move towards outcomes

Next week the Parliamentary Committee on IT will hold a hearing on, ‘Safeguarding citizens’ data on social/online news media platforms’. It invites Government officials & Twitter. Public participation is necessary on this vital issue.
07 February, 2019
3 min read

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