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Brilliant work by investigative journalists (@kum_sambhav) and digital rights activist @digitaldutta has alerted us of Government projects which aim to centralise databases and collect people’s call records for mass collection of personal data.
This poses a serious risk of mass surveillance. This thread collates the latest developments and also links you to a few instructional videos we have prepared on the subject under our #SaveOurPrivacy campaign.
Read Part 1 of the surveillance series about the National Social Registry which will provide real time information to the government about every individual’s religion, caste, income, education, marital status, employment etc.
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1/ Why is there no answer in a simple and direct as to whether any central government agency used Pegasus ?

2/ Why has the government till date not written to the NSO and the Goverment of Israel given it has accepted that the Pegasus hack is a violation of privacy of Indians?
3/ Why is the government persisting with traceability given it increases privacy risks and breaks encryption for individual users?

4/ Why has the government not made the draft of the Data Protection Bill that it intends to introduce public?
5/ Why has the government not taken any survelliance reform efforts given the Justice Srikrishna Committee report itself calls the existing system, “potentially unconstitutional”?

6/ Why has the government denied RTIs asking for the aggregate numbers of survelliance orders?
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Two privacy threatening bills listed in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

1. Aadhaar Amendment Bill

2. DNA Profiling Bill

Both of them have been sent from the Lok Sabha despite a credible and clear ask by opposition MPs to:

1. Don't bulldoze

2. First bring a privacy law
Notable opposition to both legislations by MPs include those by: @SatpathyLive @ShashiTharoor @PremachandranNk. Thank you sirs, for standing up for parliamentary scrutiny of legislations and our fundamental rights. #SaveOurPrivacy
@SatpathyLive @ShashiTharoor @PremachandranNk Tomorrow it is to the Rajya Sabha to safeguard us.

We have confirmed, neither legislation is a money bill and will not pass without vote. Hence the role of the Rajya Sabha through its MPs is vital.

We urge for leadership. We urge for parliamentary scrutiny. We urge for privacy.
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Today’s @IndianExpress front page story reports on fresh Government attempts:

a) Break end-to-end encryption by requiring traceability; #SaveOurPrivacy

b) “Pro-active” monitoring and removal of, “unlawful content” by online platforms; #RightToMeme…
@IndianExpress First Question is on process and transparency.

1) Why is this being done secretively ?

2) Why are the only parties involved in this process the Government and a select group of private online platforms?

3) Why is there no public consultation ? #SaveOurPrivacy
@IndianExpress The government is approaching a top-down product solution on traceability in a seeming private negotiation with a handful of tech companies.

What about people who use these products?

What about involving experts?

What about smaller apps which use encryption? #SaveOurPrivacy
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Hearing is about to commence in the social media communication hub case before the Supreme Court of India.

Case Details:

Court No. 1
CJ. Deepak Mishra
J. A.M. Khanwilkar
J. D. Y. Chandrachud

W.P.(C). 782/2018
Item No. 38
Mahua Moitra v. UOI & Anr
Hearing starts:

AG submits he is withdrawing the RFP. "We are taking advantage of what Justice Chandrachud remarked in the last hearing". Further states the Government will review it internally.

Seems a massive win. This means the Social Media Communication Hub is withdrawn.!
Some more detail:
1. The case is disposed off with a recorded undertaking by the Goverment it is withdrawning the tender.
2. The government indicated it will internally study the matter.
3. Yes, risks of subsequent tenders and direct procurement with a change in specifications.
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