Updates

Comments to the TRAI for the, "Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Promoting Data Economy Through Establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnect Exchanges"

IFF responded to TRAI’s consultation paper which sought the establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnect Exchanges. We submitted our comments as obvious issues of innovation that serve users, net neutrality and data protection emerge for consideration.
14 February, 2022
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IFF provides inputs to UN on Internet Shutdowns

The submission to United Nations analyses the legal basis of internet shutdowns in India, the instances of disruptions, their impact on human rights and the efforts by the Indian Government to improve internet connectivity.
11 February, 2022
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#SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports of November, 2021

Google (including YouTube), Facebook, 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 November, 2021.
09 February, 2022
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Student data exposed on Andhra Pradesh Government Examination website!

> > > > tl;dr Sai Sravan Prabhala, a cyber-security researcher, informed us of a critical vulnerability exposing the sensitive personal information of minors. This existed on the website of the Directorate of Government Examinations, Government of Andhra Pradesh’s for the 2021 examinations. While this functionality itself has been removed, to prevent it from occurring again assisted by Sai, we have written to them and CERT-In. Background On 22nd December 2021, cyber-security researche
04 February, 2022
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CIC admonishes the MHA and seeks confirmation on affidavit of destruction of surveillance data

IFF had filed six RTIs with the MHA seeking data on the e-surveillance. MHA first denied information on grounds of national security and later claimed that the data did not exist. CIC has admonished the CPIO for changing its stance and sought confirmation on non-availability of data on affidavit.
04 February, 2022
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Conflicted sentiments: Analysing Budget 2022-23 trends

Budget 2022-2023 evokes conflicted sentiments. IFF attempts to analyse the highs and lows of the Union Budget, with a special focus on DoT, MeitY and MIB.
03 February, 2022
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Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Budget Session 2022

As the Budget Session of the Parliament commences, we have prepared our third legislative brief on digital rights to highlight some of the focus areas within the larger issues of technology policies and digital rights that call for the extensive deliberation in the houses of the Parliament.
03 February, 2022
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Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for January 2022

Since our last report for the month of December, IFF has filed 10 RTI requests and 2 first appeals. In this post, we give you an overview of the requests filed and an analysis of the responses we have received from the different public authorities.
02 February, 2022
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Gauhati HC allows IFF's intervention application in petition challenging the constitutionality of internet shutdown rules #KeepItOn

At a hearing dated January 31, 2022, IFF's intervention application challenging the Telecom Suspension Rules, 2017 has been allowed by the Gauhati High Court, and IFF has been impleaded in the case. IFF is now allowed to assist the Court with oral and written submissions in the proceedings.
01 February, 2022
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IFF explains DigiYatra: Turbulence ahead

In the second part of our series on the Ministry of Civil Aviation's DigiYatra Scheme, we analyse how the collected personal data may end up commercialised even as the Scheme fails to deliver on its promised convenience.
29 January, 2022
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