Updates

The status of CCTV policing in India: 2023

Read our analysis of Chapter 5 of Common Cause & CDSD's Status of Policing in India Report 2023 which focuses specifically on CCTV cameras.
01 May, 2023
6 min read

Manipur has ordered an internet shutdown for five days. IFF wrote to its Chief Secretary urging scrutiny of orders #KeepItOn

We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, i.e. the Chief Secretary of Manipur to review the order and consider on a day-to-day basis, whether the internet suspension needs to continue.
28 April, 2023
3 min read

Top Secret: One year on, CERT-In refuses to reveal information about compliance notices issued under its 2022 Directions on cybersecurity

To mark the first anniversary of the notification of the 2022 CERT-In Directions, we filed two Right to Information (“RTI”) applications with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, seeking details on the issuance of compliance notices under this new regulatory mandate.
28 April, 2023
4 min read

In Kunal Kamra’s Petition in the Bombay High Court, the Government undertakes not to constitute its Fact Check Unit

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has undertaken not to notify its Fact Check Unit until July 5, 2023.
27 April, 2023
3 min read

@PIBFCU, check your inbox, you got mail.

The Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) online Fact Check Unit (FCU) account claimed that an article published by The Wire, and authored by two IFF staffers, is misleading. We wrote to them seeking clarification on these claims.
26 April, 2023
5 min read

IT Amendment Rules, 2023 are a nightmare, dressed like a fact checking daydream

The notified IT Amendment Rules, 2023 regulate online gaming and misinformation. They provide for the establishment of a fact check unit (“FCU”), by the Union government, to fact check online information related to the Union government. In this Public Brief, we analyse the hits and misses.
21 April, 2023
7 min read

Budget Session 2023: A Digital Rights Review

The Budget Session was adjourned sine die on April 06, 2023 in both Houses of Parliament amidst protests from the Opposition and treasury benches. In this post, we take a look at the disruptions during the Session, and analyse how the Parliament fared with respect to digital rights.
14 April, 2023
10 min read

We wrote to the Ministry of Civil Aviation urging them to stop the DigiYatra Scheme

We wrote to the Ministry of Civil Aviation urging them to immediately cease the DigiYatra Scheme and to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced due to exclusion cause by the Scheme.
12 April, 2023
4 min read

Bombay HC orders the IT Ministry to disclose the factual background that necessitated the IT Rules Amendment

The Bombay High Court has directed MeitY to file its response within one week on why the IT Amendment Rules, 2023 should not be stayed, and also describe the factual background that necessitated the issuance of the amendments.
11 April, 2023
4 min read

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for March 2023

Read our digital transparency report for the month of March, 2023. In the tracking period, we filed 7 RTI applications.
07 April, 2023
5 min read

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