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Updates

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for May 2022

For the month of May 2022, IFF has filed 7 Right to Information (“RTI”) applications and 4 first appeals.
02 June, 2022
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DoT starts publishing court orders for online censorship #WhatTheBlock

We wrote to the DoT to appreciate their proactiveness in publishing the blocking notifications under court orders and urged them to ensure that executive blocking orders are made publicly available.
01 June, 2022
4 min read

Joint letter to the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis against the increasing surveillance of Safai Karamcharis in the country #SaveOurPrivacy

Read our joint letter expressing concern over the increasing surveillance of Safai Karamcharis in the country.
30 May, 2022
6 min read

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of March 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 March, 2022.
27 May, 2022
12 min read

Your period tracking app is tracking you #PrivacyofthePeople

In the absence of a data protection law, the information that you share with your period tracking application may end up being misused. But will the Data Protection Bill, 2021 provide any solace?
24 May, 2022
5 min read

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Second time’s not the charm: Health Data Management Policy misses the mark again

IFF wrote to the National Health Authority (NHA) as part of the consultation conducted for the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission’s Draft Health Data Management Policy (“Draft policy"). Through our comments, we highlight legal, socio-economic and implementation issues.
23 May, 2022
6 min read

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Supreme Court directs Technical Committee to expedite investigation on Pegasus

The Supreme Court has now directed the technical committee it appointed to investigate the use of Pegasus spyware on Indian citizens to submit its report to the overseeing Judge of the committee [Justice RV Raveendran (retd.)] expeditiously.
20 May, 2022
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Rajasthan HC issued notice in a petition by Industry Bodies against repeated internet suspensions in Rajasthan

No state suspends internet services more than Rajasthan. These suspensions violate fundamental rights of the residents of Rajasthan and cause irreparable economic damage.
18 May, 2022
5 min read

Delhi HC orders MeitY to give copy of ban order and hearing to Mr Tanul Thakur for banning his website #WhatTheBlock

Tanul Thakur's satirical website dowrycalculator.com was blocked without giving him a copy of the blocking order or an opportunity to be heard. On 11th May 2022, the Delhi High Court Court directed MeitY to provide Tanul Thakur a copy of the blocking order and give him a post-decisional hearing.
16 May, 2022
4 min read

In a petition filed by the Journalist Union of Assam, Supreme Court directs governments to not use Section 124A

tl;dr It is official. The Supreme Court has stayed the operation of Section 124-A [https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1641007/]of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (‘IPC’) which criminalises speech that excites or attempts to excite ‘disaffection, hatred or contempt’ against the Government established by law. Through its interim order [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l7VXeIh09ZaGS_Ri1JDGJ3b_QookPW2l/view?usp=sharing] dated May 11, 2022 (‘Order’), which goes a long way in protecting the freedom of speech
11 May, 2022
6 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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