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We wrote to the Department of Financial Services asking them to conduct a consultation on the E-Rupi programme

We wrote to the Department of Financial Services about the E-Rupi. We pointed out several issues such as surveillance and financial exploitation, the lack of data protection, and exclusion. We suggested that a consultation be conducted, and that data protection norms be specified.

Live and let Live: The Supreme Court releases draft rules for live streaming of court proceedings

The e-Committee has released draft rules for live streaming of all proceedings in all courts. We strongly welcome this step, and offer small changes which can further improve the Rules.

Sound the alarm! The clock strikes for social media tomorrow with the Intermediaries Rules coming into effect.

Under the Intermediaries Rules, significant social media intermediaries had a host of obligations to comply with by the deadline of 25th May, 2021. The compliances that significant social media intermediaries are onerous and may stifle innovation in the Indian digital space.

Ensuring Equity, Accessibility and Transparency in Court: Our Comments on the Supreme Court's Draft Vision Document

Read our comments pursuant to the Draft Vision & Roadmap for Phase III of the eCourts Project released by the The eCommittee of the Supreme Court for consultation.

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.

Avoiding app bans with a nuanced policy approach #WhatTheBlock

The Government is looking to strengthen its stance on banning mobile apps. It is planning to come out with guidelines, flouting which any app can be banned. We feel that such wide scale banning operations undermine your digital rights. So, we wrote to them urging them to rethink the move.

Unpacking the positives and risks of Apple and Google’s contact tracing foray #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF’s Working Paper on Privacy Prescriptions for Technology Interventions on COVID-19 in India, affords significant space to the issue of contact tracing technologies. It offers a preliminary breakdown of the Apple and Google's proposed partnership to provide a digital contact tracing solution.

Read IFF’s Response to the Draft Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Our Ask? Hold Big Tech Accountable

IFF responded to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs; draft Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2020 . We suggest ways in which the Government could strengthen and streamline its institutions. We also stress on the need for India’s competition laws to reflect challenges emerging from technology markets.