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Spooked by the Zombie? Ministry of Home Affairs issues notification directing all S.66A cases to stop

Prompted by our application, the Ministry of Home Affairs, on July 14, 2021 issued a notification directing all law enforcement authorities to stop registering new cases under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and to immediately withdraw all pending cases.
15 July, 2021
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Analysing the NDHM’s Health Data Management Policy: Part 2

Along with the Centre for Health Equity, Law, and Policy, we have drafted a working paper analysing the NDHM's Health Data Management Policy. Here, we look at issues of consent and confidentiality, data privacy and security, exclusion, and private sector access to health data.
15 July, 2021
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Will India's Healthcare Data Be Protected? #PrivacyOfThePeople

In the continuation of our weekly series #PrivacyOfThePeople, we look at the impact of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in relation to healthcare data. We explore the need to secure such data as well as why private companies and foreign hackers are interested in the data of senior citizens.
14 July, 2021
6 min read

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Explained: Supreme Court upholds Delhi Assemblies summons to Facebook

IFF explains the decision of the Supreme Court rejecting the plea filed by the Managing Director of Facebook India, Ajit Mohan against the summons issued by the Peace and Harmony Committee of Delhi Assembly which sought his appearance in an inquiry related to the Delhi Riots.
13 July, 2021
6 min read

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Was your handle blocked without warning? Here’s what you can do.

Incidents of arbitrary censorship of online speech have significantly risen in the recent past. We are frequently asked what can be done if one’s account is blocked. We have prepared a step by step explainer to navigate situations of arbitrary account blockings.
12 July, 2021
5 min read

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Update the IT Act 2000: India needs a reboot!

The Information Technology Act, 2000 is the the de facto framework for digital governance in India. However, it needs a reboot .We wrote to the Parliamentary Standing Committee urging them to include the revision of the IT Act in its agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session.
12 July, 2021
6 min read

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A digital rights agenda after a refresh: IFF writes to the new ministers

This week, the Union cabinet saw a major reshuffle. This included new ministers for MEITY, MOC, and MIB. We wrote to the new ministers, welcoming them to their new role and highlighting key areas that need to be addressed.
10 July, 2021
7 min read

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Union of India seeks a transfer of cases challenging IT Rules, 2021

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court has listed the Union of India's transfer petition before another bench on 16th July 2021. The petition seeks a transfer to the Supreme Court of 4 cases challenging IT Rules, 2021 which are pending before different High Courts.
09 July, 2021
4 min read

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Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for June, 2021

Since our last report for the month of May, IFF has filed 18 RTI requests, 2 First Appeals and 1 Second Appeal. Here, we give you an overview of the requests filed and why demanding transparency and accountability from Government authorities essential in our fight to protect digital rights.
08 July, 2021
5 min read

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India's Data Protection Bill and Social Media Users: #PrivacyOfThePeople

In our new weekly series #PrivacyOfThePeople, we look at the impact of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 on different sections of society. In this post, we discuss whether the Bill actually protects user data when it comes to social media platforms.
07 July, 2021
6 min read

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