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Updates

We urge the DOT to unblock WeTransfer. Open up our RTI resources to the public. #WhatTheBlock

Popular file-sharing service service, "WeTransfer'' has been blocked by a direction issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT). We have approached it to recall it's order.
09 June, 2020
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The Committee on IT is meeting next week! #SaveOurPrivacy

The Committee on IT is meeting on June 10, 2020 to discuss the issue of, "Citizens data security and privacy". We are hopeful it puts questions on Aarogya Setu and Data Breaches to the Ministry of IT.
05 June, 2020
3 min read

We wrote to the Mumbai Police asking them to review and amend their Social Media Regulation Order issued under S.144, CrPC #FreeToMeme

On May 23, 2020 the Mumbai Police issued an Order under S.144, CrPC. The order prohibits the spread of certain information through social media platforms. We have sent a representation to the Mumbai Police & the Maharashtra Home Dept. asking them to review and amend the order.
04 June, 2020
4 min read

It's time to stop data breaches and security vulnerabilities. We write to the IT Ministry. #SaveOurPrivacy

Till we fix the regulatory and cyber security plumbing of our digital, public infrastructure the data leaks and cyber security vulnerabilities will continue
02 June, 2020
5 min read

RWA uncles, please calm down about Aarogya Setu #SaveOurPrivacy

We wrote to the government seeking issuance of an advisory which clarifies that Resident Welfare Associations cannot make use of Aarogya Setu mandatory for entry into housing societies.
01 June, 2020
5 min read

FMP demands compliance with SC directions by Special Committee for restoration of 4G in J&K #KeepUsOnline #4GforAll

FMP wrote to the Special Committee established by the Supreme Court seeking immediate review of internet restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir within 7 working days and publication of the Committee's recommendations.
29 May, 2020
3 min read

A look at Aarogya Setu through the Right to Information lens #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF has filed multiple Right to Information requests with various governmental authorities on the Aarogya Setu application. In this post, we will highlight these requests, the substantial replies that we received as well as the non-answers which also tell us a lot.
27 May, 2020
6 min read

We wrote to the Kerala Government and the Expert Committee formed on the Sprinklr Inc. Data Protection issue in Kerala highlighting the need for preserving the ideal of Constitutional Federalism #SaveOurPrivacy

In our representation to the Government of Kerala and the Expert Committee formed on the issue, we have pointed out certain lacunae in the Kerala HC order addressing the issue and have made specific suggestions on how best to resolve them.
21 May, 2020
6 min read

FMP approaches Special Committee established by SC for restoration of 4G internet in J&K #KeepUsOnline #4GforAll

Foundation for Media Professionals wrote to the Special Committee emphasising that blanket orders cannot be issued to indiscriminately slow down internet services in all districts of Jammu & Kashmir especially since there are less restrictive alternatives available.
19 May, 2020
3 min read

How A Bill Becomes A Zombie? The Journey of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, was enacted into the statute through an amendment in 2008. The section penalised sending "offensive messages" via online communication. In this post we trace the journey of Section 66A of the IT Act from 2008 to 2020.
18 May, 2020
8 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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