Updates

Statement: One year of inaction, delay and evasion on the NSO-Pegasus hack #SaveOurPrivacy

Despite multiple government and parliamentary bodies examining the Pegasus hack, a whole year has passed and we still do not know who was responsible for this egregious violation of the privacy of human rights defenders in the country.
02 November, 2020
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Watch the Watchmen Series Part 5 : The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

In the fifth part of our "Watch the Watchmen" series, we take a closer look at PDP Bill which is likely to be tabled in next year's Budget Session.
28 October, 2020
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Kerala's Proposed Amendment to curb online abuse is eerie in its similarity to the unconstitutional S.66A

Read IFF's representation to the Government of Kerala highlighting the similarities between their proposed amendment to the Kerala Police Act and the unconstitutional S.66A of the IT Act, 2000.
26 October, 2020
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Read IFF's Comments on TRAI's Consultation Paper on Broadband Access and Connectivity

In our comments, we highlighted the need to revamp the policy and regulatory initiatives surrounding the broadband infrastructure in the country to ensure that every citizen has access to the internet irrespective of their geographical location or social and economic status.
20 October, 2020
4 min read

While India copes with COVID-19, Aadhaar continues its function creep #SaveOurPrivacy

After the Aadhaar Amendment Act 2019 and the Aadhaar Good Governance Rules 2020, there remain virtually no limitations on the use of Aadhaar authentication, which had earlier been restricted by the SC to only government entities and only for receipt of benefits and subsidies.
10 October, 2020
6 min read

Watch the Watchmen Series Part 4 : The National Automated Facial Recognition System

In the fourth part of our "Watch the Watchmen" series which aims to develop and use a national database of photographs which is to be used in conjunction with a facial recognition technology system by Central and State security agencies to swiftly identify criminals.
07 October, 2020
9 min read

Read our comments on the DoT's Paper to develop an Indian Artificial Intelligence Stack

Our main recommendation to the committee was to set up an independent supervisory data protection authority to regulate the stack.
03 October, 2020
7 min read

We write to the Criminal Law Reform Committee which could make it even easier for TV anchors to read your texts #SaveOurPrivacy

Our submission reiterates demands to disband the Committee and we have also provided substantive inputs on various issues at the intersection of criminal law and digital rights.
29 September, 2020
6 min read

Thank you TRAI for recommending against internet licensing! #SaveTheInternet

In a victory for internet users the telecom regulator pushed back against some awful proposals by telecom companies to force online service providers for licensing, revenue sharing or breaking their encryption. We have written to the DOT to accept them.
28 September, 2020
5 min read

RTI responses from MP and Meghalaya show compliance failure with the Anuradha Bhasin Internet Shutdown decision

Nine months after the Supreme Court's decision on internet shutdowns in the matter of Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India, there is still no compliance with the Court's decision.
28 September, 2020
3 min read

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