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Tanmay Singh

Tanmay Singh

Supreme Court directs WhatsApp to allow users to continue using WhatsApp without accepting its 2021 Privacy Policy

WhatsApp’s 2016 and 2021 privacy policy have been the subject of a long standing court challenge before the Delhi High Court. Today, the petition has been heard after 4 months.
01 February, 2023
5 min read

MeitY proposes another Amendment to the IT Rules: PIB’s fact-check team will be able to take down “fake” news

MeitY has proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021, which may require intermediaries to block access to social media posts and even news stories themselves, if the PIB terms them as “fake” or “false”.
18 January, 2023
8 min read

First Read: Draft amendments proposed to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to online gaming

On January 2, 2023, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology [“MeitY”] proposed further amendments to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to online gaming [“draft amendments, 2023”]. Read our first read and analysis of the draft amendments here.
03 January, 2023
11 min read

The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 does not satisfy the Supreme Court’s Puttaswamy principles

In this post, we break down how the DPDPB, 2022 fails to meet the standards of privacy that have been laid down by the Supreme Court.
16 December, 2022
10 min read

Supreme Court directs Central Government to reply to petition seeking comprehensive regulation of search & seizure powers for electronic devices

Foundation for Media Professionals' petition seeks important directions to protect citizens' right to privacy. IFF has provided legal support.
05 December, 2022
4 min read

Researcher Jade Lyngdoh from Shillong writes to the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya about the ongoing internet shutdown #KeepItOn

Jade Lyngdoh, a researcher, write to the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya to urge them to convene a meeting of the Review Committee of Meghalaya urgently and consider whether Meghalaya's internet suspension may be lifted earlier than 48 hours.
23 November, 2022
4 min read

A round-up of WhatsApp’s failed attempts to block the Competition Commission’s investigation

In October 2021, IFF submitted expert information in the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) suo moto investigation into potential anti-competitive practices of WhatsApp Inc. (‘WhatsApp).
31 October, 2022
5 min read

In proceedings before CIC, IFF obtains website censorship orders from DoT and MTNL

We appealed to the Central Information Commission (‘CIC’), which held hearings on both the RTIs on 20.09.2022. Before the hearing, MTNL reconsidered its stance and informed us that they had blocked 4700 websites in 2020-21. CIC directed DoT to provide copies of the banning orders from 2020-21.
03 October, 2022
4 min read

Delhi HC issues notice in SnTHosting’s challenge to legality of CERT-In’s Directions

Tl;dr The Delhi HC has issued notice in a petition filed by SnTHostings challenging the legality of Direction No. 20(3)/2022-CERT-In dated April 28, 2022 (‘2022 Directions’) by the The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (‘CERT-In’). SnTHostings provides hosting, Virtual Private Network (‘VPN’) and Virtual Private Server (‘VPS’) services. The 2022 Directions presented an existential crisis to SnTHostings as they mandated it to collect a range of personal data and share it with CERT-In on de
28 September, 2022
4 min read

Pegasus Investigation Report to remain in sealed cover despite containing evidence that 5 phones had malware

The SC-appointed committee on use of Pegasus has concluded that malware was found in 5 out of 29 phones submitted to it, but the use of Pegasus could not be confirmed. Furthermore, the Report is to remain in sealed covers in a move against public transparency and accountability.
26 August, 2022
5 min read

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