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Disha Verma

Disha Verma

Why a massive leak in Tamil Nadu Police’s FRT database must herald the end of police use of surveillance technologies

On May 4, 2024, a massive leak of 8 lakh data points in Tamil Nadu Police’s FRT portal exposed the facial and personal data of about 50,000 accused or suspected persons, linked with details of their FIRs and alleged crimes. It’s time to #BanTheScan.
17 May, 2024
11 min read

IFF submits comments on WHO’s draft principles on genome data access, use and benefit sharing

IFF submitted its comments on the Draft Principles for Human Genome Data Access, Use and Sharing, 2024 released by the World Health Organisation and highlighted some concerns pertaining to use and sharing of human genome data.
13 May, 2024
11 min read

One nation, One student ID, zero law or policy to back it up #WhatAreYouVotingFor

The BJP manifesto promises “100% implementation” of the Aadhaar-linked APAAR student ID which centrally stores a large volume of student personal and academic data—but the coercive pan-India exercise is operating without any policy document or accountability from Ministries.
01 May, 2024
10 min read

Quarterly Transparency Report for January-March 2024: Censorship, Surveillance, Smartcities and more

In the first quarter of 2024, IFF's transparency vertical filed 64 RTI applications to seek accountability from public institutions on digital rights issues, and received some notable information, but also some silences.
30 April, 2024
9 min read

Dear Digi Yatris, it’s time to deboard

Amid suspicions about its tech operator’s criminal records and vast allegations of data privacy violations, the Digi Yatra Foundation has announced a revamp of the service and is urging its users to abandon the old app and re-install a new version. We shed light on this shady ‘makeover’.
22 April, 2024
7 min read

Your personal data, their political campaign? Beneficiary politics and the lack of law

As the 2024 elections inch closer, we look into how political parties can access personal data of welfare scheme beneficiaries and other potential voters through indirect and often illicit means, to create voter profiles for targeted campaigning, and what the law has to say about it.
10 April, 2024
6 min read

What we do in the shadows: IFF seeks transparency in how Indian ‘smart governments’ are using AI

Noting a glaring lack of transparency and publicly available information on how union and state governments are deploying AI in the public sector, we write to the National Institute of Smart Government urging proactive disclosures and publication of government-led AI projects.
26 March, 2024
5 min read

A DM from the PM (and the storm it stirred)

Last week, millions of WhatsApp users received a message from the Ministry of Electronics & IT, undersigned by the Prime Minister, asking for feedback on schemes introduced by the incumbent government. We unravel what this means for your privacy and the electoral process.
22 March, 2024
7 min read

We will not be tracked! Indian Railways’ plans to introduce FRT surveillance in train coaches is a big departure from the right to privacy

Indian Railways has floated a tender for the installation of 3.3 lakh FRT-enabled CCTV cameras in train coaches which will be used alongside face-matching servers to surveil and identify passengers and ‘curb crime’. We write to authorities pushing back against this massive privacy violation.
12 March, 2024
10 min read

IFF presents: A Know-Your-Rights information leaflet and merchandise on Digi Yatra #RejectDigiYatra

You asked, we delivered! In collaboration with several artists, IFF presents an all-you-should-know leaflet and a special line of merchandise on Digi Yatra that you can flaunt when catching your next flight.
01 March, 2024
3 min read

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