Updates

Summary of IFF’s submission on the draft Digital Competition Bill

IFF submission on the draft Digital Competition Bill, 2024 on May 15, 2024 focusses on four broad areas of concern: friction in the consultation process; inadequacies of the data protection law; potential regulatory overlap with existing and upcoming legislations; and proposed regulatory approach.
20 May, 2024
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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
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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
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Delhi HC issues notice on Hindutva Watch’s petition challenging the blocking of their entire X/Twitter account

The founder of Hindutva Watch, a research initiative that monitors hate speeches, hate crimes and human rights atrocities committed against marginalised communities in India, has challenged the illegal, arbitrary, and disproportionate blocking of their entire Twitter account before Delhi HC.
02 May, 2024
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Delhi HC issues notice on Hindutva Watch and India Hate Lab’s petition challenging the blocking of their entire websites.

The founder of research groups Hindutva Watch, and India Hate Lab which track and monitor hate speeches, hate crimes and violence committed against marginalised communities, has challenged the illegal, arbitrary and disproportionate blocking of their entire websites, by MeitY before the Delhi HC.
02 May, 2024
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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
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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
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IFF’s cybersecurity report for the first quarter of 2024 #PlugTheBreach

This post is the first in a series tracking IFF’s work on data breaches and vulnerabilities every quarter. We will list the various cybersecurity incidents that occurred in the country and our actions in response to them.
29 April, 2024
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Petitioners Conclude Arguments Before Third Judge in Case Challenging Constitutionality of Fact-Check Unit Conceptualised under IT (Amendment) Rules, 2023

After a marathon hearing before the Bombay HC spanning over 7 days, the Petitioners have concluded their arguments before the third Judge, Justice A.S. Chandurkar, in the petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Fact-Check Unit Conceptualised under IT (Amendment) Rules, 2023
25 April, 2024
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Why do we do the “Quarterly Members’ & Donors’ calls” / For all the johnny-come-lately`s

What goes on in these “Quarterly Members’ and Donors’ calls" and why do we host them? What kind of mangoes do we eat and how?
23 April, 2024
3 min read

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