Updates

Previously under-utilised budgets make us wary of the increased allocation in the 2023-2024 Budget

This blog post includes the analyse of the 2023-24 Budget as well as its comparison with the 2022-2023 budget and revised estimates. While Increased allocations in the 2023-24 Budget is a positive sign, there are some disappointing lows as well.
03 February, 2023
11 min read

Supreme Court directs WhatsApp to allow users to continue using WhatsApp without accepting its 2021 Privacy Policy

WhatsApp’s 2016 and 2021 privacy policy have been the subject of a long standing court challenge before the Delhi High Court. Today, the petition has been heard after 4 months.
01 February, 2023
5 min read

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Budget Session 2023

Our legislative brief on digital rights for the Budget Session 2023 highlights some of the focus areas within the larger issues of digital rights, online content regulation, platform governance and free speech, data protection, etc. that call for extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
01 February, 2023
4 min read

Defending the digital republic: Join IFF’s Board of Trustees at this pivotal moment for digital rights in India

Join IFF’s Board to build the Digital Republic at a crucial moment for digital rights in India. Help us defend the digital republic at a pivotal moment for digital rights in India
26 January, 2023
2 min read

MeitY proposes another Amendment to the IT Rules: PIB’s fact-check team will be able to take down “fake” news

MeitY has proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021, which may require intermediaries to block access to social media posts and even news stories themselves, if the PIB terms them as “fake” or “false”.
18 January, 2023
8 min read

Gamers, have you been Pwned? We send our comments on the proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to Online gaming

On January 02, 2023, MeitY proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021, in relation to online gaming. We sent our detailed comments to MeitY on January 13, 2023, listing our various concerns.
16 January, 2023
3 min read

Civil Society’s second opinion on a UHI prescription

Read our response to the consultation paper on Operationalising the Unified Health Interface in India. We collaborated with the Centre for Health Equity, Law & Policy, the Centre for Internet & Society, & the Forum for Medical Ethics Society to submit comments on the paper.
14 January, 2023
6 min read

We wrote to the Tamil Nadu government on mandatory submission of Aadhaar: Voicing our fears of exclusion and privacy violation

We have written to the Finance Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Government highlighting our concerns of exclusion and privacy around the notification mandating linkage of Aadhaar to avail benefits under all State government schemes.
11 January, 2023
4 min read

Kerala High Court protects the right to access court records

Kerala HC has ruled that 'right to be forgotten' is not absolute and that it is inconsistent with the principle of open courts.
10 January, 2023
4 min read

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