Surveillance

Supreme Court directs Technical Committee to expedite investigation on Pegasus

tl;drThe committee of technical experts constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the use of Pegasus spyware on Indian citizens submitted its interim report to the Supreme Court in a “taped envelope” on 06.01.2022. The report was placed before the Court on 20.05.2022 and examined

#PrivacyofthePeople: Random phone checks by the Police

In the latest post in our #PrivacyofthePeople series, we look at whether the police can randomly check your phone is you have not consented to it.

Can State governments in India buy Pegasus? #InvestigatePegasus

Recent news reports pertaining the offers to buy Pegasus being made to West Bengal & Andhra Pradesh raise the question of whether State government in India can procure and use Pegasus.

Our Response to the SC’s Technical Committee on Pegasus #SaveOurPrivacy

Read our response to queries sent by the Technical Committee set up by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India for investigating the use of the Pegasus spyware in India.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for February 2022

For the month of February 2022, IFF has filed 36 RTI requests and 3 first appeals.

The Government's got your number (and more) #SaveOurPrivacy

We wrote to the Department of Telecommunications warning them about the privacy implications of the extension of the retention period for call records and internet usage data to two years through recent amendments.

CIC admonishes the MHA and seeks confirmation on affidavit of destruction of surveillance data

IFF had filed six RTIs with the MHA seeking data on the e-surveillance. MHA first denied information on grounds of national security and later claimed that the data did not exist. CIC has admonished the CPIO for changing its stance and sought confirmation on non-availability of data on affidavit.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for January 2022

Since our last report for the month of December, IFF has filed 10 RTI requests and 2 first appeals. In this post, we give you an overview of the requests filed and an analysis of the responses we have received from the different public authorities.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for December 2021

Since our last report for the month of November, IFF has filed 21 RTI requests and 5 first appeals. In this post, we give you an overview of the requests filed and an analysis of the responses we have received from the different public authorities.

Telangana High Court issues notice in India’s first legal challenge to the deployment of Facial Recognition Technology

Telangana High Court has issued notice in a petition by Mr. S.Q. Masood challenging the deployment of Facial Recognition Technology in Telangana. IFF provided legal support.