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The ongoing illegal use of drones for mass surveillance by the Delhi Police needs to be investigated #SaveOurPrivacy

We wrote to the MCA and DGCA asking them to recall the conditional exemption allowing the use of drones for COVID-19 related operations and to commence an investigation into the ongoing illegal use of drones by the Delhi Police for mass surveillance.
23 June, 2020
3 min read

A look at Aarogya Setu through the Right to Information lens #SaveOurPrivacy

IFF has filed multiple Right to Information requests with various governmental authorities on the Aarogya Setu application. In this post, we will highlight these requests, the substantial replies that we received as well as the non-answers which also tell us a lot.
27 May, 2020
6 min read

Rajasthan internet shutdown orders continue to be issued by unauthorized officials

Rajasthan internet shutdown orders continue to be issued by Divisional Commissioners who lack authority to suspend telecom services. Further, many orders were issued in circumstances which do not seem to satisfy the public emergency/public safety requirement under the law.
09 December, 2019
6 min read

Bihar’s internet shutdown orders reveal vague but relatively narrow suspension of mass messaging platforms

Internet shutdown orders issued by the Bihar Government reveal blocking of specific mass messaging platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc. rather than suspension of internet services in their entirety.
01 November, 2019
3 min read

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
6 min read

Blocking of satirical dowry calculator website prompts us to take action! #WhatTheBlock #SaveTheInternet

The blocking of Dowry Calculator is characteristic of India's outrage driven and opaque website blocking process. We write to MEITY for public disclosure of all website blocking orders and deletion of the confidentiality requirement in the IT Blocking Rules 2009.
15 May, 2019
6 min read

We won’t give up! IFF approaches CIC against MHA’s refusal to disclose surveillance figures.

After the MHA rejected our RTI applications about use of surveillance powers on flimsy grounds, IFF has filed an appeal before the CIC and we are willing to go the distance in this fight for transparency.
14 May, 2019
4 min read

Constructive public policy sprouts only in sunshine, not darkness #RTI #TechPolicy

IFF filed and RTI with the Department of Commerce on the Draft E-Commerce Policy to which an exemption was claimed. The lack of transparency in such proceedings is raising a cause of concern.
30 April, 2019
2 min read

TOP SECRET: MHA Refuses to reveal total number of snooping requests

RTIs asking for basic information on surveillance in India rejected by the Ministry of Home Affairs. They even refuse to tell how many orders were issued by them.
06 February, 2019
2 min read

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