Surveillance

The draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022 retains its colonial roots

Read our initial explainer on the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022. We highlight how the bill represents a missed opportunity for legislative reform to bring the Indian telecom sector into the 21st century.

Pegasus Investigation Report to remain in sealed cover despite containing evidence that 5 phones had malware

The SC-appointed committee on use of Pegasus has concluded that malware was found in 5 out of 29 phones submitted to it, but the use of Pegasus could not be confirmed. Furthermore, the Report is to remain in sealed covers in a move against public transparency and accountability.

Hey CM, leave those kids alone!

We wrote to the Chief Minister of the Government of Delhi to share our concerns over the scheme to share live CCTV footage from government school classrooms with parents and urged him to recall it.

Take 2: MeitY's attempts at data governance continue to fall short

Read our comments submitted as part of the public consultation for the Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy.

Joint letter to the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis against the increasing surveillance of Safai Karamcharis in the country #SaveOurPrivacy

Read our joint letter expressing concern over the increasing surveillance of Safai Karamcharis in the country.

Supreme Court directs Technical Committee to expedite investigation on Pegasus

The Supreme Court has now directed the technical committee it appointed to investigate the use of Pegasus spyware on Indian citizens to submit its report to the overseeing Judge of the committee [Justice RV Raveendran (retd.)] expeditiously.

#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.