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#DataProtectionTop10: Lost in Muddled Objectives

This is a new series on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 to deal exclusively with the issues and pathways for reform under the Bill. In this post we look at the objective and the Preamble of the Bill, and guage whether the bill serve ordinary Indians or the government and large corporations.

#StartfromScratch: Constitutional Utopias of Digital Protection

In the final piece in our series on the Data Protection Bill, we first explain the 7 fundamental principles of the Indian Privacy Code. Then we analyse two alternative data protection bills: the Data (Privacy and Protection) Bill, 2017 and the Personal Data and Information Privacy Code Bill, 2019.

Mixed signals: Observations on the 2021-22 Budget

Budget 2021-22 is a mixed bag. Though it contains praiseworthy allocations towards programs such as Digital India and the USOF and provides a stimulus to R&D, allocations towards the PMGDISHA remain low, while concerns remain that signficant capital expenditure may not take place.

Strengthening the Joint Parliamentary Committee process on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

The Joint Parliamentary Committee for Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 is considering a revolutionary legislative proposal. To strengthen its process we request that the JPC work within its mandate and not consider extraneous issues, and that it consider more consultations with civil society.

Don't swipe next! We write to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for sustained hearings and an international human rights audit of Facebook India

There has been an alarming press report published in the Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2020 titled, “Facebook’s Hate-Speech Rules Collide with Indian Politics”. It merits urgent intervention and investigation into human rights breaches by Facebook India.

The pandemic session of parliament is vital for our digital rights. A call to our lawmakers!

As the much awaited Monsoon Session of the Parliament draws near, we put out a list of urgent issues in the digital, and privacy rights domain that need foolproof, and swift redressal.

From, "sheer suddenness" to sustained deliberation. A letter to the IT Standing Committee.

The IT Standing Committee is going to meet soon. We bring to its notice a backlog of issues and flag website blocking (of DuckDuckGo or Reddit), internet shutdowns and facial recognition technology.

The Committee on IT is meeting next week! #SaveOurPrivacy

The Committee on IT is meeting on June 10, 2020 to discuss the issue of, "Citizens data security and privacy". We are hopeful it puts questions on Aarogya Setu and Data Breaches to the Ministry of IT.

Workplace Surveillance: Your employer could be watching you

Read IFF's public brief highlighting the impact of the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 on workplace surveillance and participate in the consultation being held by the Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Young Indians are mature enough to have a conversation on porn. Parliamentary Committee should invite further inputs.

We made submissions to the ad-hoc committee constituted to study the impact of porn on social media.