Policy

Comments on the Draft Social Security Rules to safeguard worker's rights #SaveOurPrivacy

The Ministry of Labour released the Draft Code on Social Security (Central) Rules, 2020. In our comments on the draft, we have highlighted the following issues: mandatory aadhaar based verification and inadequate security safeguards for employee databases.

The AgriStack: A Primer #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF has a published an explainer on the 'AgriStack' proposed by the Centre. Through the explainer we hope to provide an introduction to the 'Agristack' and it's potential benefits and drawbacks, with a larger aim of starting a public conversation about this issue.

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.

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.

Women deserve both privacy and safety

The WCD Ministry has approved use of the Nirbhaya Fund for large scale installation of CCTV cameras. This kind of mass video surveillance without adequate safeguards is likely to be ineffective and counterproductive.

Say no to overregulation of digital news media

In its current form, the RPP Bill is plagued by definitional confusion and lack of a clearly stated purpose. We urge the government to start from a clean slate by publishing a whitepaper and conducting public consultation.

Here comes the Bill, all dressed in Nil #SaveOurPrivacy

As the Data Protection Bill has made its appearance, we list out existing and new additions to our concerns with the Bill.

We must prevent cloud cartels.

The TRAI invited comments on a consultation paper that suggested a framework for the registration of industry bodies for cloud services. We make our submission with concerns of jurisdiction, cartelisation and self-regulation.

IFF submits comments to the Standing Committee on Science & Tech highlighting worries with the DNA Bill, 2019.

The DNA Bill has been re-introduced in the Lok Sabha and also referred to the Standing Committee on Science and Technology which has invited comments. We had a lot of comments.