We call on the TRAI to protect user privacy in the Indian telecom sector!

Fresh off the historic nine judge decision of the Supreme Court holding privacy as a fundamental right, IFF has called on the TRAI to protect user privacy and data protection in its ongoing public consultation “Privacy, Security and Ownership of the Data in the Telecom Sector”. We previously posted a

Urgent Release: Government Committee wants to bring back Section 66A

Press reports over the past few days have indicated various government proposals, notably the for the introduction of a fresh Section 66A. The Internet Freedom Foundation is releasing a copy of these recommendations to public and calling for a consultation. Struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015, Section 66A

Summary of the Consultation Paper on Privacy, Security and Ownership of the Data in the Telecom Sector

Chapter I – Introduction and Background The evolution of telecommunications services in the recent times has been of great advantage by aiding the overall economic and social development of the country, enabling better connectivity among users and emergence of a variety of new business models and increasing the use of information

Blocking orders to Twitter illustrate a worrying process #GOIBlocks

This week, media reports have indicated that the Government of India on August 16, 2017, and August 24, 2017 issued a terse letter directing the blocking of twitter handles, hashtags, and individual tweets. This includes a tweet from the news wire service ANI and parody/gossip handles such as @LutyensMasala

IFF presses for interim reliefs in the WhatsApp Privacy Case

We had earlier updated that IFF has intervened in a case involving issues of online privacy and licensing of online platforms before the Supreme Court of India. This case arises from a challenge to the change in WhatsApp’s privacy policy, after which it began sharing data with Facebook. Through

The Government of India taking clear action to prevent internet shutdowns? No, not really

Press reports have revealed that the Union Government’s Department of Telecom has issued rules on governing network disruptions or internet shutdowns in India. Titled the “Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017” and issued by the Centre under Section 7 of the Indian Telegraph

IFF will represent your digital rights in the WhatsApp Privacy Case

Today a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court heard the WhatsApp Privacy Case—Karmaya Singh Sareen v. Union of India SLP (C) No. 804 of 2017—in which the Internet Freedom Foundation intervened to make submissions. The other parties in the case included the Petitioner, the Union Government and private

Statement of concern on the Sabu Mathew George Case : Don’t “auto-block” online expression

The Supreme Court of India has over the past one year passed various orders in the case of Sabu Mathew George v. Union of India & Ors. [WP(C) 341/2008] that are undermining internet freedom, particularly the right of free expression online. The case concerns allegations that search engines

This Republic Day, help us fight for your rights online

2016 was a year of impact. Thanks to over a million voices of Indians like you, net neutrality was front and centre in government offices, newsrooms, and the floor of our Parliament, resulting in the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announcing the first set of rules to safeguard an

Delhi High Court Whatsapp case calls for urgent government action to protect user privacy

Today (September 23, 2016) the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi passed orders in the case of Karmanya Singh Sareen and Anr. v. Union of India [W.P. (C) 7663/2016]. The case related to a prayer by the petitioners regarding a threat to their privacy due to product changes