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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

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

tl;dr Google (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 May, 2022. The latest of these was published by WhatsApp on July 1, 2022. The reports contain similar shortcomings, which exhibit lack of effort on the part of the social media intermediaries and the government to further transparency and accountability in platform governance. The intermediar
26 September, 2022
12 min read

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

Google (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 April, 2022.
26 September, 2022
12 min read

The draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022 retains its colonial roots

Read our initial explainer on the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022. We highlight how the bill represents a missed opportunity for legislative reform to bring the Indian telecom sector into the 21st century.
22 September, 2022
10 min read

#5Questions to ask before installing an app

Before you install any app on your phone, ask yourself these 5 questions.
22 September, 2022
5 min read

Har Ghar Privacy Violation? #SaveOurPrivacy

The Har Ghar Tiranga campaign ended on August 15, 2022. However, the data collected under the campaign is still available on the website. We wrote to the Ministry of Culture to highlight this grave privacy violation.
21 September, 2022
5 min read

For the public, by the public

The Internet Freedom Foundation is a small, young, advocacy organization in India that works on digital rights. Due to its outsized impact, there are high expectations for IFF to deliver on its mission of being a public-centred organization. Since the start of 2022, we have been working to formulate consistent practices that bring high levels of governance, transparency and accountability while retaining our efficiency and ability for rapid response. There is a balance we have sought to achieve
16 September, 2022
1 min read

#PrivacyOfThePeople: The flight is about to take off…. with your luggage and data!

Regulations notified by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs mandate all registered airlines to provide details of all international passengers, flying to or from India, to the Customs department. This raises privacy concerns, especially given the withdrawal of the data protection bill.
08 September, 2022
11 min read

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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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