Data Protection

The Change Game: MeitY Resorts To Quick Fixes To Silence Experts

IFF writes to MeitY on the multiple changes made to the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022 without any public acknowledgement. IFF calls for a fresh start to the consultation process.

#PrivacyofthePeople: this Cookie will not crumble…

In this post, we highlight the conflict between efficiency and privacy posed by a key component of the internet: cookies. While cookies presently perform a lot of key functions in ensuring a smooth user experience, they also raise concerns about user privacy and data collection as we discuss here.

The Government Wants To Sell Your Data | #SaveOurPrivacy

We respond to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology's Draft Data Access Policy. The policy raises serious privacy concerns due to its perverse economic incentives on data sharing.

Counter Comments to the TRAI for the, "Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Promoting Data Economy Through Establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnect Exchanges"

IFF submitted its counter comments to TRAI's consultation paper which sought to regulate Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). We have responded to comments made by service providers and industry bodies.

#PrivacyofthePeople: Alexa, Google, Siri, we hear for you?

Voice-enabled AI assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri reside not only on our smartphones but also in millions of bedrooms. The intimacy they enjoy presents a range of privacy risks that can be mitigated by a user centric, rights focussed, data protection law.

IFF writes to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT on the “Bulli Bai” and “Sulli Deals” Incidents

The Mumbai and Delhi Police have arrested the perpetrators of the fake online auction of Muslim women. But what took so long? We wrote to the Standing Committee with a few recommendations

“The use of FRT does not require any anchoring legislation” - The Meghalaya Government

Mr. Lyngdoh, a law student, sent a legal notice to the Meghalaya Govt. seeking reconsideration of use of FRT for pensioners in view of the possible privacy concerns. The Meghalaya Govt. in its response has explained its position which we have analysed.

#PrivacyOfThePeople: Small borrowers and digital lending apps

In the latest post in our #PrivacyOfThePeople series, we look at the impact of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 on digital lending application users. We examine both illegal and ‘legal’ lending apps and look at how the data protection bill will impact digital lending.

#6 Cybersec Charcha: What comes after Breach Pe Breach?

Data breaches are now becoming increasingly common. In a scenario like this, it becomes really important to learn not only how you can protect yourself, but also the measures you can take if your data is leaked in a data breach.

Big Opportunity! CCI accepts IFF’s expert information in its investigation of WhatsApp’s 2021 Privacy Policy

IFF has submitted expert information before the DG of CCI in charge of the investigation into WhatsApp's Privacy Policy. We highlighted how WhatsApp has a dominant position in the market, and how the Privacy Policy abuses such dominant position. The CCI tagged the information with the investigation.