Updates

We strongly condemn the communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir and urge an end to internet shutdowns across India

The developments of the past few days are of immense consequence to the future of our democracy, and the voices from Jammu and Kashmir need to be heard the loudest, not silenced en masse.
06 August, 2019
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True (caller) or False (caller)? We ask NPCI to answer this question.

Truecaller users faced automatic registration of their UPI based IDs without their knowledge and consent. We write to the NPCI suggesting a few measures to consider in addressing these issues.
02 August, 2019
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We've been left on read : Lack of response from BSNL and DOT on Net Neutrality violations. #SaveTheInternet

With no response from the DOT and BSNL on continuing net neutrality violations, IFF has approached the issue with a three-pronged move.
29 July, 2019
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Personal Data and Information Privacy Code Bill, 2019 introduced in the Lok Sabha today! #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF goes to Parliament with Dr. Ravikumar (Lok Sabha, MP from Tamil Nadu). Today, the Personal Data and Information Privacy Code Bill, 2019 was introduced!
26 July, 2019
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Why is porn being blocked in India? #WhatTheBlock

RTI response from MeitY reveals that blocking of porn in India is a result of three court orders and ISPs have not been directed to pro-actively block porn websites.
25 July, 2019
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Vanakkam! Updates on the Aadhaar-social media linkage and encryption PIL before the Madras HC

At today's hearing, IFF placed on record its written submissions highlighting how proposed changes to the product design of social media platforms would harm user privacy and lead to over-broad automated censorship.
24 July, 2019
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He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake, He gets your personal data and sells it for your own sake. #DystopiaBells

We write to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology enquiring on the status of the Draft Data Protection Bill. The need for a rights-based framework has never been more immediate.
23 July, 2019
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We might be in the market for a new kind of face mask.

The NCRB has invited bids for the implementation of Automated Facial Recognition Systems. We sent a legal notice to the NCRB because concerns such as discriminatory profiling and privacy violations are just the tip of the iceberg of problems this technology will bring about.
18 July, 2019
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A Tale of Rogue Pirates, Ashok Kumars and ISPs caught in the middle: RTI data on court ordered website blocking reveals worrying trends #WhatTheBlock

RTI data reveals that 31 court orders in IP infringement cases have led to blocking of thousands of websites. Most of these orders have been passed ex parte and permit blocking of the whole website rather than specific URLs.
11 July, 2019
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The Madras HC allows our intervention in the Aadhaar and Social Medial linking petition.

Two PILs were filed in the Madras High Court requesting the linking of Aadhaar to social media accounts. Concerned with its impact on fundamental rights, IFF's intervention applications have been accepted by the Court.
27 June, 2019
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