Updates

While Delhi has its pollution mask on, the rest of India might need one too. For different reasons of course...

In light of the continuing growing concerns of CCTVs and facial recognition technology in the recent weeks, we throw a few more kicks to fight against this trajectory of mass surveillance.
11 November, 2019
3 min read

NCRB finally responds to legal notice on facial recognition, we promptly send a rejoinder...

The NCRB promptly responds as we followed up on our legal notice and IFF replies having to restate original asks.
08 November, 2019
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Substantive hearing in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India commences

In today’s hearing, Ms. Vrinda Grover used the govt’s statistics to prove there is no relation between the internet and rise in terrorism and argued there was no application of mind by the govt.
05 November, 2019
2 min read

Bihar’s internet shutdown orders reveal vague but relatively narrow suspension of mass messaging platforms

Internet shutdown orders issued by the Bihar Government reveal blocking of specific mass messaging platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc. rather than suspension of internet services in their entirety.
01 November, 2019
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Statement: Scary disclosures on use of NSO spyware in India signal a need for urgent reform

News reports have revealed the targeting of lawyers, journalists and activists in India through NSO's illegal spyware, Pegasus. While these revelations have left many of us shaken, we must demand transparency from the govt and push for surveillance reform in parliament and courts.
31 October, 2019
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A cellphone signal at the end of the tunnel? SC may finally hear substantive challenges to telecommunications shutdown in Kashmir around November

In Kashmir Communication Shutdown and Press Freedom Case, the Govt has argued that the restrictions are necessary because of terrorism and declined to provide any specific information to the Petitioner.
24 October, 2019
3 min read

MEITY to brief the Standing Committee on IT, we have a few topics they can talk about.

The Standing Committee of IT is holding a meeting on October 25, 2019 where it will be briefed by MEITY on safeguarding citzens online. We flag a few concerns that need addressing.
24 October, 2019
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Postpaid connections restored in Jammu & Kashmir but access restricted due to charges levied.

Post-paid connections restored but access is restricted as users are made to clear charges in order to make use os services. We write to the DOT to direct ISPs to waive charges.
23 October, 2019
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Facebook’s Transfer Petition in Madras HC case involving encryption and traceability allowed after Tamil Nadu Government withdraws objections

In today's hearing, the SC allowed Facebook's transfer petition in Antony Clement Rubin v. Union of India after the Tamil Nadu Government withdrew its objections to the transfer.
22 October, 2019
3 min read

What has the NPCI found on the TrueCaller security breach? We write to them asking just that.

The NPCI began an investigation on the TrueCaller security breach that occurred on July 30, 2019. We write to them to enquire on the insight and outcomes of the investigation.
18 October, 2019
1 min read

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