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12 Jan, 4 tweets, 4 min read
Private #WhatsApp group links were exposed on #Google search results allowing anyone who finds the link to join the groups & access details of members. The issue was fixed back in 2019 but now has surfaced again.
#WhatsappPrivacy #privacy #privacyplease
The report by @rajaharia suggests that #WhatsApp groups that use links to allow users to enter, may once again be vulnerable to being found online, allowing anyone to join the group. The issue appears to have been resolved as of now.

The issue is not just with group invite links, but also with individual user account profiles. #URLs of people’s profiles can now be searched on #Google.
#privacy #privacymatters
This allows strangers to access the profiles of those indexed, displaying their phone numbers, & in some cases, their profile pictures as well. This issue has taken place before and was reportedly fixed in June 2020.
#PrivacyPolicy #WhatsApp

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6 Jan
Internet Shutdowns cost India $2.8 BN, making #India the most economically-impacted nation from Internet shutdowns in 2020. @top10vpn
#LetTheNetWork #keepItOn #internetshutdown #JammuAndKashmir
As #DigitalIndia is becoming a reality, it is important to understand that maximum efforts have to be made to make internet free, accessible, and inclusive to all.
Students have lost many hours of their education, people have lost their livelihoods, the media has been severely crippled, the economy has suffered immensely & businesses have collapsed in the absence of a stable internet connection. #LetTheNetWork #KeepItOn
Read 5 tweets
26 Dec 20
#Defenders @SFLCin
“One of the most notable orders included #KarnatakaHC passing an order that no service/benefit can be denied to anyone by state instrumentalities for not installing @SetuAarogya”. Here’s @AnnoyedSingh, sharing her experience on Defending #DigitalRights in 2020. Image
SFLC.IN has been representing its advisory board member @anivar in the Karnataka HC. @anivar's PIL challenges the constitutionality of @SetuAarogya and its de-facto imposition.
#aarogyasetu #COVID19 #COVID19India
The #PIL challenges the voluntary-mandatory imposition of @SetuAarogya and the invasion of privacy rights in the absence of specific legislation governing data collection and processing by it.
#ContactTracing #app #aarogyasetu
Read 11 tweets
26 Dec 20
A committee of experts under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan was constituted to deliberate on the Non-Personal Data Governance Framework.

It studied the various issues involving non-personal data and to make specific suggestions for consideration of the central government on the regulation of non-personal data.
The Report has attempted to define non-personal data, and proposed several concepts including the concept of community, public and private data, non-personal data authority, data trusts, data businesses, data custodians etc.
Read 5 tweets
11 Dec 20
The Aarogya Setu petition challenging its legality and voluntary-mandatory nature by our advisory board member @anivar is listed for hearing today.
@anivar is represented by Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, counsels from SFLC.in, Advocate @clifroz, Advocate @avani_chokshi and Advocate Ali Zia Kabir in the matter.
Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves will be continuing his arguments today. You can read the updates on last hearing here:
Read 26 tweets
9 Dec 20
A petition has been filed by Ms. Tanya Mahajan in the Bombay High Court against the de-facto imposition of @SetuAarogya by officials of Passport Seva Kendra, Mumbai.

Tanya is represented by counsels from SFLC.IN and Ms. @saxenaditi, Advocate Bombay High Court.
The matter was listed for hearing today. In today's hearing, the Bench issued a notice asking respondents to file their reply before the next date i.e. 07.01.2020. No representatives on behalf of the Regional Passport Office appeared today.

The petitioner was denied entry by Passport Seva Kendra, Malad for refusing to install Aarogya Setu. The petitioner has contended that the Aarogya Setu app is voluntary in nature per MHA guidelines dated 17.05.2020 and subsequent guidelines.
Read 8 tweets
9 Dec 20
Our analysis reveals that the #SourceCode that has been released as the “backend code” is grossly incomplete. Though any effort at transparency needs to be lauded, much of how the @SetuAarogya operates is still opaque
@NICMeity @GoI_MeitY
The code released on 20th November does contain code that corresponds to the #frontend of the website web.swaraksha.gov.in/ncv19 and the code released also contains code that lets the website interact with the application through the #webview.
#COVID19 #ContactTracing
However, some of the libraries/modules that the code depends on have not been released and very little of the released code is meant to run on the #backend.
#coders #aarogyasetu #COVID19 #FOSS
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