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Disha Verma

Disha Verma

Why NIC’s proposed polling station surveillance during the 2024 elections is a terrible idea

It’s election year, and NIC is already planning on deploying FRT and drones at polling stations to surveil voters and “maintain law and order”. We write to NIC and ECI outlining why this is undemocratic, unconstitutional, and overall a terrible idea.
18 January, 2024
4 min read

Resist Surveillance Tech, Reject Digi Yatra

Digi Yatra continues to raise privacy, surveillance, exclusion and transparency concerns, made worse by the highly disturbing manner in which it is currently being deployed at airports – with coercion and deception, at the cost of passengers’ dignity, privacy, and autonomy.
16 January, 2024
12 min read

AB PM-JAY counts patients but discounts patient privacy

NHA’s health security scheme, AB PM-JAY, is a rich repository of sensitive personal data from patient beneficiaries across India – but NHA’s habit of publicly displaying personal patient data coupled with weak privacy safeguards makes it a breeding ground for privacy violations.
04 January, 2024
10 min read

2023 Year in Review: Digital Transparency keeps public institutions accountable

In 2023, IFF's transparency vertical filed 295 RTI applications, 66 first appeals, and 2 second appeals this year in order to open vital information up for public view and discussion.
28 December, 2023
16 min read

2023 Year in Review: Policy interventions for impact

In 2023, the policy team at IFF participated in 9 consultations, sent 61 letters, authored 16 statements and public briefs, organised several briefing calls and events, launched new projects and expanded existing ones, and continued tracking digital rights developments in the Parliament.
27 December, 2023
18 min read

Reforming (or deforming?) the criminal justice system: A digital rights overview of the three new criminal law Bills

The Parliament has passed three new bills that overhaul our criminal justice system: Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita, Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill, and Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita. We look at how they affect digital rights and freedoms.
23 December, 2023
10 min read

Jago online market entities jago! A look at how the revised Dark Patterns Guidelines attempt digital consumer protection

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has swung for a boundary in its attempt to regulate and penalise dark patterns in the Indian market. We examine what these new innings mean for user rights, and if the regulation is robust enough to bowl out nefarious dark patterns.
06 December, 2023
7 min read

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Winter Session 2023

In our legislative brief on digital rights for the Winter Session 2023, we highlight key areas of concern pertaining to digital rights and freedoms, data privacy, data protection, censorship and other concerns that require extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
01 December, 2023
6 min read

Hey Standing Committee, let's sit and talk?

As the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications & IT takes seat, IFF offers inputs on its 2023-24 subject roster and highlights the need to address recent privacy threats.
11 November, 2023
7 min read

A worm in the Apple? IFF writes to CERT-In as it begins probe into Apple’s state-sponsored attack notification

As CERT-In launches a probe on the recent threat notification sent by Apple to some of its users, we highlight key considerations and historical baggage that should inform the investigation.
09 November, 2023
4 min read

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