Updates

TOP SECRET: MIB furnishes list of digital news media publishers and OTT platforms that submitted their details under IT Rules, 2021

In response to a CIC order in a Second Appeal filed by IFF, MIB furnished a list of 3,101 digital news media publishers and 57 OTT platforms that submitted their details to MIB.
17 May, 2023
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We wrote to the Election Commissioner of India on the use of Facial Recognition Technology for voter verification in Karnataka

We asked them to immediately cease the use in light of the potential harms it may cause.
13 May, 2023
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Supreme Court of India issues notice in Foundation of Media Professional’s application seeking compliance with Anuradha Bhasin Internet Shutdown Guidelines. #KeepItOn

Tl;dr Despite detailed guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, (2020) 3 SCC 637, State governments have continued to illegally impose internet shutdowns. Internet shutdowns are imposed without publishing internet suspension orders; under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (“CrPC”) and/or not constituting the Review Committee to review the legality of internet suspensions under the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public
11 May, 2023
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Mayday Alert: 14 mobile apps banned, no blocking order released. #WhatTheBlock

In May 2023, 14 mobile apps that provided end-to-end encrypted and peer-to-peer messaging services were reportedly banned. Reasoned blocking orders and a pre-decisional hearing were reportedly not provided to these apps. IFF filed a series of RTI applications to seek more information.
10 May, 2023
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The duration of internet shutdowns in Manipur crosses 10 days. IFF wrote to Manipur Chief Secretary urging scrutiny of orders #KeepItOn

Successive internet shutdowns were imposed in the entire State of Manipur for five days. We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, to review the order and consider on a day-to-day basis whether the internet suspension needs to continue.
09 May, 2023
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Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for April 2023

For the month of April, 2023, we have filed 16 Right to Information (“RTI”) requests and 03 First Appeals.
06 May, 2023
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Statement on internet shutdowns in Manipur in response to ongoing violence

Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) calls on the authorities in Manipur to review its decision to suspend mobile internet in the state and to comply with Supreme Court of India’s guidelines on internet shutdowns.
05 May, 2023
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