Surveillance

Line-by-line verification of the IT Minister's Statement on the Pegasus Hacks

In this post, we present to you a line-by-line verification of the IT Minister's statement on Pegasus, wherein we use a constitutional, legal, and people-centric lens to debunk and correct falsehoods and misinterpretations.

State Governments need to step up on the Pegasus issue

Cognisant of the legal injuries as well as the violations of fundamental rights that have occurred in light of the Pegasus spyware revelations, we wrote to the state governments of Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh to institute investigations into the use of spyware against citizens.

Dear Standing Committee, We Have Some Questions on Pegasus

We wrote to the Standing Committee on IT with questions for the MHA, MeitY and MoC related to the Pegasus revelations.

IFF’s Statement on Hacking Revelations made by the Pegasus Project

Read our statement in response to the revelations made by the Pegasus Project which revealed that over 300 verified Indian mobile telephone numbers were targeted by the Israeli spyware firm, NSO Group.

Government endorses the use of facial recognition for “touchless” vaccination process

We filed an RTI application with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to verify reports about the government using facial recognition technology (FRT) for the verification of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccines. In their response the Ministry confirmed the use of FRT.

ClubHouse: How safe really is this 'safe space'?

In this post, we unfurl some of the key considerations Clubhouse must include while fostering a robust human rights framework for its rapidly growing millions of users.

Hyderabad Police force people to remove their masks before photographing them. We sent a legal notice. #SaveOurPrivacy

Hyderabad Police is forcing people to remove masks and photographing them. We sent a legal notice to the Police Commissioner about this.

IFF keeps pushing against secrecy in surveillance. CIC orders MHA to adjudicate on our request for transparency.

In 2018, we filed six RTIs seeking the number of e-surveillance orders issued by the Home Ministry in 2016-18. The information was denied to us. Two years later, in response to our second appeal, the CIC has held that our request was improperly denied.

Joint Statement: Say no to Aadhaar based Facial Recognition for Vaccination!

In the Joint Statement, we highlight our concerns on the use of this inaccurate technology for access to vaccines, how it may lead to potentially life threatening exclusion and ask for public support & sign ons.

#ElectionFever: What do party manifestos have in store for tech and digital rights?

With state elections incoming, we thought we would do our bit for #electionfever by analysing the manifestos of political parties across the spectrum. Our analysis is guided by our focus areas and is meant to help voters understand how political parties are looking at these issues.