Updates

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for December, 2020

In this monthly series, we aim to provide information about how our RTI work is carried out and utilised to demand transparency and accountability from public authorities.
19 December, 2020
4 min read

Privacy Policies of Telecom Service Providers - Or Why You Shouldn't Just Click Accept

We analysed the privacy of policies of the 4 large telecom service providers to check not only whether they were Puttaswamy-compliant, but also whether they would need updating in the face of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. We found certain alarming issues in these policies.
18 December, 2020
7 min read

IFF intervenes in Madras HC PIL seeking censorship on online streaming platforms #LetUsChill

In the impleadment application, we have cautioned against judicial intervention at this stage because OTT regulation is a complex and technical issue best addressed through legislative and policy making processes involving extensive stakeholder consultation.
15 December, 2020
4 min read

Comments on the Draft Social Security Rules to safeguard worker's rights #SaveOurPrivacy

The Ministry of Labour released the Draft Code on Social Security (Central) Rules, 2020. In our comments on the draft, we have highlighted the following issues: mandatory aadhaar based verification and inadequate security safeguards for employee databases.
08 December, 2020
4 min read

The AgriStack: A Primer #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF has a published an explainer on the 'AgriStack' proposed by the Centre. Through the explainer we hope to provide an introduction to the 'Agristack' and it's potential benefits and drawbacks, with a larger aim of starting a public conversation about this issue.
04 December, 2020
5 min read

Internal govt documents provide insight into the creation and expansion of Aarogya Setu #SaveOurPrivacy

Minutes of meetings of the 9th Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management provide an insider view into the creation and expansion of Aarogya Setu and other government data collection projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.
03 December, 2020
5 min read

After Section 118A repeal important steps remain for the Government of Kerala

Read our proposals to the Government of Kerala to help avoid any overbroad or unnecessary criminalisation of online speech while also making sure abuse, threats or any of the harms that emerge on social media can be checked.
02 December, 2020
4 min read

Project Panoptic: Right to Information Updates from Delhi Police, Kolkata Police and Telangana State Technology Services

Replies to RTI requests filed with the Delhi Police, the Kolkata Police and the Telangana State Technology Services shed light on how these public authorities are using their FRT systems.
01 December, 2020
3 min read

Data Empowerment is a result of Data Rights

IFF has submitted its comments on the draft Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture Policy. Our comments highlighted four main issues: ensuring truly informed consent, orienting new technology towards citizens, implementing a robust regulatory mechanism, and expanding the role of civil society.
30 November, 2020
5 min read

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