Statement: Today’s notification on online news media and OTT platforms will require greater vigilance #LetUsChill

The Central Government has notified the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) as having jurisdiction over online news and also OTT video streaming platforms.

Update on IFF’s Zombie Tracker

IFF, in collaboration with CivicDataLab, is building a “Zombie Tracker” to track cases under S. 66A, Information Technology Act, at the district level. S.66A of the IT Act is termed as a legal zombie since, even though it was declared unconstitutional in 2015, its use is ongoing.

How A Bill Becomes A Zombie? The Journey of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, was enacted into the statute through an amendment in 2008. The section penalised sending "offensive messages" via online communication. In this post we trace the journey of Section 66A of the IT Act from 2008 to 2020.

We Studied the Protocol: And No This Doesn’t Sufficiently Protect Your Privacy

According to our analysis on the Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol released by MeitY on May 11, 2020, the protocol falls considerably short of principles of legality, necessity and proportionality.

Is Aarogya Setu privacy-first? Nope, but it could be-- If the government wanted. #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF’s Working Paper, analyses the Aarogya Setu application, highlights how it is inconsistent with the right to privacy, is conceivably a risk toward a permanent system of mass surveillance, and suggests clear recommendations to arrest these risks.

Marking the 5 year anniversary of the Shreya Singhal Judgement #FreeToMeme

5 years ago a division bench of the Supreme Court composed of Justices Chalameshwar and Nariman laid down an important foundation for internet freedom that is today under threat.

IFF proposes a three year moratorium on the use of Facial Recognition Technology in India #ProjectPanoptic

Use of facial recognition technology in India is on the rise. We shared a letter with the Ministries of Home Affairs and Law and Justice requesting for a halt on ongoing use of facial recognition systems by both the central government and state governments.

Illegal use of Facial Recognition for Voter Verification in Telangana #ProjectPanoptic

IFF filed RTI requests with the Telangana State Election Commission and Telangana State Technology Services pursuant to the use of Facial Recognition Technology for voter verification in the urban local body elections in Kompally in January, 2020.

RTI response reveals CCTV deployment by Chandigarh Police without legal safeguards #ProjectPanoptic

IFF filed an RTI with the Chandigarh Police regarding their use of CCTVs in the city of Chandigarh and received a total of 5 responses from different departments. We have summarized these responses and also listed the immediate concerns which should be addressed by the Chandigarh Police.

Essential Features of a Rights Respecting Data Protection Law #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF has made a submission to the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019