Vanakkam! Updates on the Aadhaar-social media linkage and encryption PIL before the Madras HC

At today's hearing, IFF placed on record its written submissions highlighting how proposed changes to the product design of social media platforms would harm user privacy and lead to over-broad automated censorship.

He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake, He gets your personal data and sells it for your own sake. #DystopiaBells

We write to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology enquiring on the status of the Draft Data Protection Bill. The need for a rights-based framework has never been more immediate.

We might be in the market for a new kind of face mask.

The NCRB has invited bids for the implementation of Automated Facial Recognition Systems. We sent a legal notice to the NCRB because concerns such as discriminatory profiling and privacy violations are just the tip of the iceberg of problems this technology will bring about.

A Tale of Rogue Pirates, Ashok Kumars and ISPs caught in the middle: RTI data on court ordered website blocking reveals worrying trends #WhatTheBlock

RTI data reveals that 31 court orders in IP infringement cases have led to blocking of thousands of websites. Most of these orders have been passed ex parte and permit blocking of the whole website rather than specific URLs.

The Madras HC allows our intervention in the Aadhaar and Social Medial linking petition.

Two PILs were filed in the Madras High Court requesting the linking of Aadhaar to social media accounts. Concerned with its impact on fundamental rights, IFF's intervention applications have been accepted by the Court.

The purpose of 'Public' in 'Public Consultation', lest we merely consult.

The Draft Personal Data Protection Bill was first put up for public consultation in August 2018. While there have been many responses, these submissions have not been made public. This lack of transparency is a cause for concern as the Bill moves to Parliament.