Statement on Repeated Internet Shutdowns in Various States in Response to Violence

Internet shutdowns are becoming the government's routine response to communal clashes and violence. State governments and union territories have been issuing internet suspension orders in derogation of the letter and spirit of the Anuradha Bhasin directions and the applicable law. Suspension of the internet, even temporarily, adversely impacts the fundamental

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of February 2022

tl;drGoogle (including YouTube), Koo, Meta (Facebook and Instagram), ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of February, 2022. The latest of these was published by WhatsApp and was published on April 1,

Can State governments in India buy Pegasus? #InvestigatePegasus

Recent news reports pertaining the offers to buy Pegasus being made to West Bengal & Andhra Pradesh raise the question of whether State government in India can procure and use Pegasus.

IFF writes to the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan urging greater scrutiny of internet shutdown orders. #KeepItOn

Indian law requires governments to be reviewed by a committee of high-level government officials. We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, i.e. the Chief Justice of Rajasthan urging greater scrutiny of shutdown orders.

Budget Session 2022: A Digital Rights Review

In the recently concluded Budget Session, we saw several key issues being taken up as part of the budget deliberations in both the Houses. In this post, we take a look at these disruptions and analyse how the Parliament fared with respect to digital rights.

Delhi HC directs MHA to clarify its position on maintenance of e-surveillance data

To have an informed debate about the legal e-surveillance regime and practices in India, we filed RTI Applications seeking related information in 2018. We have not received this information till date, but we will continue to pursue it.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for March 2022

Since our last report for the month of February, IFF has filed 33 RTI requests and 17 first appeals. In this post, we give you an overview of the requests filed and an analysis of the responses we have received from the different public authorities.

Delhi High Court calls for case files and asks MeitY to consider hearing creator of satirical Dowry Calculator on website blocking #WhatTheBlock

Mr Tanul Thakur is the creator of the satirical website dowrycalculator.com. In 2018, the Union Government blocked the website without granting him a hearing or providing a copy of the order. Mr Thakur has challenged the blocking order.

The Change Game: MeitY Resorts To Quick Fixes To Silence Experts

IFF writes to MeitY on the multiple changes made to the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022 without any public acknowledgement. IFF calls for a fresh start to the consultation process.

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of January 2022

Google (including YouTube), Facebook, Instagram (both are now under Meta), ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of January, 2022. We have analysed them.