IFF’s Statement on Hacking Revelations made by the Pegasus Project

Read our statement in response to the revelations made by the Pegasus Project which revealed that over 300 verified Indian mobile telephone numbers were targeted by the Israeli spyware firm, NSO Group.

Update: India’s incoming data laws need our urgent attention

The report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 is to be submitted next week. In this blogpost, we look at the possible ways forward for the Bill, highlight some of the issues that may emerge, and provide recommendations for addressing them.

Big Tech releases its transparency reports in compliance with the IT Rules: Here’s what we found

Google, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter have released their transparency reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (the 2021 IT Rules).

Spooked by the Zombie? Ministry of Home Affairs issues notification directing all S.66A cases to stop

Prompted by our application, the Ministry of Home Affairs, on July 14, 2021 issued a notification directing all law enforcement authorities to stop registering new cases under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and to immediately withdraw all pending cases.

Analysing the NDHM’s Health Data Management Policy: Part 2

Along with the Centre for Health Equity, Law, and Policy, we have drafted a working paper analysing the NDHM's Health Data Management Policy. Here, we look at issues of consent and confidentiality, data privacy and security, exclusion, and private sector access to health data.

Will India's Healthcare Data Be Protected? #PrivacyOfThePeople

In the continuation of our weekly series #PrivacyOfThePeople, we look at the impact of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in relation to healthcare data. We explore the need to secure such data as well as why private companies and foreign hackers are interested in the data of senior citizens.

Explained: Supreme Court upholds Delhi Assemblies summons to Facebook

IFF explains the decision of the Supreme Court rejecting the plea filed by the Managing Director of Facebook India, Ajit Mohan against the summons issued by the Peace and Harmony Committee of Delhi Assembly which sought his appearance in an inquiry related to the Delhi Riots.

Was your handle blocked without warning? Here’s what you can do.

Incidents of arbitrary censorship of online speech have significantly risen in the recent past. We are frequently asked what can be done if one’s account is blocked. We have prepared a step by step explainer to navigate situations of arbitrary account blockings.

Update the IT Act 2000: India needs a reboot!

The Information Technology Act, 2000 is the the de facto framework for digital governance in India. However, it needs a reboot .We wrote to the Parliamentary Standing Committee urging them to include the revision of the IT Act in its agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session.

A digital rights agenda after a refresh: IFF writes to the new ministers

This week, the Union cabinet saw a major reshuffle. This included new ministers for MEITY, MOC, and MIB. We wrote to the new ministers, welcoming them to their new role and highlighting key areas that need to be addressed.