Internet Freedom Foundation defends online freedom, privacy and innovation in India.

Born out of the SaveTheInternet.in movement for net neutrality, IFF works on a range of issues including net neutrality, free expression, privacy and innovation.

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Updates

We wrote to the Election Commissioner of India on the use of Facial Recognition Technology for voter verification in Karnataka

We asked them to immediately cease the use in light of the potential harms it may cause.
13 May, 2023
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Supreme Court of India issues notice in Foundation of Media Professional’s application seeking compliance with Anuradha Bhasin Internet Shutdown Guidelines. #KeepItOn

Tl;dr Despite detailed guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, (2020) 3 SCC 637, State governments have continued to illegally impose internet shutdowns. Internet shutdowns are imposed without publishing internet suspension orders; under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (“CrPC”) and/or not constituting the Review Committee to review the legality of internet suspensions under the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public
11 May, 2023
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Mayday Alert: 14 mobile apps banned, no blocking order released. #WhatTheBlock

In May 2023, 14 mobile apps that provided end-to-end encrypted and peer-to-peer messaging services were reportedly banned. Reasoned blocking orders and a pre-decisional hearing were reportedly not provided to these apps. IFF filed a series of RTI applications to seek more information.
10 May, 2023
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The duration of internet shutdowns in Manipur crosses 10 days. IFF wrote to Manipur Chief Secretary urging scrutiny of orders #KeepItOn

Successive internet shutdowns were imposed in the entire State of Manipur for five days. We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, to review the order and consider on a day-to-day basis whether the internet suspension needs to continue.
09 May, 2023
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Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for April 2023

For the month of April, 2023, we have filed 16 Right to Information (“RTI”) requests and 03 First Appeals.
06 May, 2023
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Statement on internet shutdowns in Manipur in response to ongoing violence

Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) calls on the authorities in Manipur to review its decision to suspend mobile internet in the state and to comply with Supreme Court of India’s guidelines on internet shutdowns.
05 May, 2023
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The status of CCTV policing in India: 2023

Read our analysis of Chapter 5 of Common Cause & CDSD's Status of Policing in India Report 2023 which focuses specifically on CCTV cameras.
01 May, 2023
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Campaigns & Projects

The Digital Patrakar Defence Clinic provides pro bono legal assistance to all journalists in India who face legal threats related to their reporting.

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IFF’s Project Panoptic aims to bring transparency and accountability to the relevant government stakeholders involved in the deployment and implementation of facial recognition technology (FRT) projects in India.

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#SaveOurPrivacy is an online collective launched in May, 2018 to safeguard your privacy and ensure a citizen centric data protection law.

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The ‘Zombie Tracker’ is a platform which monitors cases which include a charge under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000 which was deemed unconstitutional by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Shreya Singhal v Union of India.

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