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#PrivacyofthePeople: Random phone checks by the Police

In the latest post in our #PrivacyofthePeople series, we look at whether the police can randomly check your phone is you have not consented to it.
10 May, 2022
6 min read

Supreme Court stays proceedings before High Courts challenging IT Rules, 2021, interim orders to continue

Transfer petitions filed by the Union of India, in respect of challenges across High Courts to the IT Rules, 2021 were heard. The Supreme Court stayed proceedings in the IT Rules challenges before HCs, but not on any orders passed by the HCs in these IT Rules challenges
09 May, 2022
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Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for April 2022

For the month of April 2022, IFF has filed 40 RTI requests.
06 May, 2022
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CERT-In Directions on Cybersecurity: An Explainer

On April 28, 2022, CERT-In issued directions aimed at strengthening India's cybersecurity. Issued without public consultations, these directions raise concerns related to state sponsored surveillance and data retention beyond need or purpose. We thus call on CERT-In to recall these directions.
05 May, 2022
8 min read

Revealed: MeitY blocked 6096 URLs and 347 applications in 2021 but held less than 40 hearings

In reply to an RTI, MeitY has accepted that it blocked 6096 URLs and 347 applications in 2021 but held less than 40 hearings. MeitY refused to disclose the number of requests it received to block content and stated that it did not maintain data on how many content creators were granted a hearing.
23 April, 2022
5 min read

#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of February 2022

> > > > tl;dr 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 February, 2022. The latest of these was published by WhatsApp and was published on April 1, 2022. The reports contain similar shortcomings, which exhibit lack of effort on the part of the social media intermediaries and the government to further transparency and accountability in
16 April, 2022
11 min read

Can State governments in India buy Pegasus? #InvestigatePegasus

Recent news reports pertaining the offers to buy Pegasus being made to West Bengal & Andhra Pradesh raise the question of whether State government in India can procure and use Pegasus.
15 April, 2022
7 min read

IFF writes to the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan urging greater scrutiny of internet shutdown orders. #KeepItOn

Indian law requires governments to be reviewed by a committee of high-level government officials. We have written to the Chairperson of the Review Committee, i.e. the Chief Justice of Rajasthan urging greater scrutiny of shutdown orders.
12 April, 2022
4 min read

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