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Apr 6 14 tweets 9 min read
An RTI filed by SFLC.in,the reply for which came after 5 months reveals that #InternetShutdowns were imposed in Jammu & Kashmir for a period of 2 months.
#LetTheNetWork #keepiton #internetshutdown #JammuKashmir #BreakingNews SFLCin had received information that the mobile Internet was being frequently suspended in various regions of Kashmir for nearly 10 hours every day.
Apr 5 15 tweets 5 min read
The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022, prima facie, fails to satisfy the tests laid down by the Supreme Court in the landmark decision in K.S. Puttaswamy (2017).
#CriminalProcedureIdentificationBill2022 #LokSabha #surveillance #privacymatters The collection and processing of sensitive personal data such as biometric & biological samples for the purposes of identification do not, satisfy the test of proportionality.
Jan 17 11 tweets 4 min read
An #RTI response from the Rajasthan government reveals that a total of 6 shutdowns were imposed during August 2018 in the districts of #Ajmer, #Bhilwara, #Naguar and #Tonk to prevent cheating in exams.
#keepiton #internetshutdown The RTI response states that the law under which the suspension was ordered is Order Number F 35(1) Home-9/ 2006 Pt. Dated 02-09-2017 issued by Home (Gr.9) Department of Rajasthan Government.
Jan 6 16 tweets 5 min read
Recently, many #Muslim women on social media were targeted by the misogynist #BulliBaiApp that auctioned their pictures online. Incidents like these are the reason women feel unsafe on the internet. Here’s what you should know about reporting such online harassment- (1) According to the National Crime Records Bureau @NCRBHQ , there was an 11.8% increase in reported cyber crimes in India between 2019 and 2020. A total of 50,035 cyber crime cases were registered in 2020 alone.
Source: ncrb.gov.in/en/Crime-in-In… (2)
Jan 6 5 tweets 3 min read
Twitter publishes it's monthly report regarding handling of complaints from users in India, including action taken on them, as well as the number of URLs that Twitter has taken action as a result of proactive monitoring efforts.
transparency.twitter.com/en/reports/cou… As per the report, the number of legal demands received to remove or withhold content between the period of July-December 2020 is 6971.
Jun 17, 2021 8 tweets 5 min read
While we are witnessing a rise in the blocking and removal of content online, it becomes important to track these instances of free speech violations and ignite conversations around the status of free speech in India.
#Twitter #socialmediaban #censorship If you have posted any content that has been removed or any warning has been issued by any social media platform. Please fill the form or email us at mail@sflc.in to tell us more.
Jun 16, 2021 8 tweets 6 min read
Government allows walk-in Vaccination for 18-44 age group.
We thank @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA and @AyushmanNHA for listening to the the grievances raised by @SFLCin regarding #COVIDVaccination.
#DigitalDefenders #VaccinationDrive #Covid_19 #CowinPortal #Corona Beneficiaries aged 18 years and above can now schedule appointments online or walk-in to Government vaccination centres for Vaccination.
Jun 16, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Safe Harbour is not a certificate or a stamp that is issued by the government. It is an inherent protection available to #intermediaries.
#ITRules #TwitterIndia #SocialMedia
sflc.in/twitter-interm… #Twitter has approximately 1.75 crore users in India. The Safe harbour protection is an inherent protection granted to intermediaries which is a defense it can take against imposition of liability for acts done by third parties.
Jun 16, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
@Twitter is an intermediary under Section 2(w) of the IT Act. This status cannot be taken away by the Government.
#ITrules2021 #TwitterIndia #SocialMedia Intermediaries get a safe harbor protection under Section 79. This is conditional on them not modifying the content or initiating the transmission or selecting the receiver of the transmission.
Jun 8, 2021 11 tweets 8 min read
#LiveToday: Join @PrasanthTweets, @VrindaBhandari, Dan Yair, & @sardarbinyan as they discuss the current state of COVID-19 litigation at @rightscon 2021.
#DigitalRights #Covid19 . @SFLCin has assisted in the filing of a writ petition challenging the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy before the Kerala High Court.
#petition #Vaccination #VaccinationForAll
Jun 7, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Date extended for 'Draft #Aadhaar Regulations 2021' till June 21, 2021.
@SFLCin had written to the @UIDAI seeking extension of the stakeholder consultation period and to be in compliance with the Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy.
#DigitalDefenders #Policy #AadhaarCard The letter also highlighted that the Pre-Legislative Policy requires proactive publication of the proposed legislation on the internet and through other means. sflc.in/sflcin-writes-…
May 26, 2021 8 tweets 7 min read
@WhatsApp has challenged the traceability provision in the Delhi High Court stating it is unconstitutional and against the fundamental Right to #Privacy as enshrined in Justice K.S. Puttaswamy vs UOI (2017).

indianexpress.com/article/techno… In order to follow the traceability provision i.e. Rule 4(2), WhatsApp would have to break end-to-end encryption for its users thereby undermining privacy of messages to its users.
You can read about the provision here:
May 25, 2021 10 tweets 11 min read
#Twitter & #Facebook are not getting #banned but If these significant social media intermediaries don't comply with the #ITRules they could however lose the safe harbor protection which means they could incur liability (civil & criminal) for the acts done by third party users. The Rules could also undermine the principles of open & accessible internet, the fundamental #RightToPrivacy & #FreeSpeech & expression enshrined in the Constitution.
#SocialMedia #ILRules #SafeHarbour #BigTech #ITRules #TwitterBan #FacebookBan
May 25, 2021 8 tweets 14 min read
The #ITRules 2021 came into effect on February 25, and today is the deadline for significant social media intermediaries to comply with new obligations under the IT Rules 2021.
#SocialMediaguidelines The Rules could undermine the principles of open & accessible internet, the fundamental #RightToPrivacy & #FreeSpeech & expression enshrined in the Constitution.
#DigitalIndia #SocialMedia #ILRules #DigitalDefenders
May 24, 2021 8 tweets 13 min read
The @MoHFW_INDIA has allowed on-site registration for the 18-44 age group. This is limited to Government #COVIDVaccination centers (CVCs) at the present moment.
#cowinregistration #VaccinationDrive #COVID19 #IndiaFightsCOVID19 Image But this is a mere eyewash because-
1.This has been left to the discretion of the respective state/ UT governments
2.This shall be implemented only if vaccine has been left unutilised from online registrations and that too at Government CVCs.
#VaccineFor18Plus #VaccineForAll
May 24, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
The matter challenging the Liberalised Vaccination Policy by the GoI by Dr. K.P Aravindam & Dr. Praveen G Pai is listed for hearing in the #KeralaHC today.

#VaccinationForAll #COVIDEmergency #vaccine In the last hearing, The @NITIAayog's statement that @BharatBiotech & @ICMRDELHI are willing to share technology with manufacturers who can produce the vaccine was brought on record. Watch this space for live updates.
#litigation #VaccineForAll #intellectualproperty
May 5, 2021 7 tweets 8 min read
We are pleased to inform you all that subsequent to the legal notice sent to @TwitterIndia informing that @fsmi_in had not violated @Twitter's rules or Indian law by sharing @IndianCERT's letter, Twitter has restored FSMI’s access to their Twitter account.
newsclick.in/twitter-locks-… Free Software Movement of India's access to their account was blocked by @Twitter after they had uploaded a copy of a complaint letter to @IndianCERT about @bigbasketblog's data breach.
#censorship #FreeSpeech #TwitterAccountSuspend
Apr 28, 2021 11 tweets 8 min read
At a time when the entire country is grappling with #COVID-19, mandatory #CoWin registration by @AyushmanNHA will lead to exclusion of citizens from 18-44 years from vaccination who do not use smartphones or do not have an internet connection.
@rssharma3 @MoHFW_INDIA Not every citizen has digital literacy to be able to register online for vaccination via CoWIN's website or mobile application.
Jan 28, 2021 14 tweets 16 min read
Today on #DataPrivacyDay, @SFLCin is bringing you some tips and quick fixes to help protect your privacy online.
#DataPrivacyDay2021 #PrivacyAware #privacy #cybersafety #dataprivacy We as a generation use #SocialMedia almost obsessively. Most of us have accounts on social media websites like #Facebook, #Instagram & #Twitter.
#SocialSecurity #cybersecuritytips #PrivacyAware
Jan 12, 2021 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.

Jan 6, 2021 5 tweets 7 min read
Internet Shutdowns cost India $2.8 BN, making #India the most economically-impacted nation from Internet shutdowns in 2020. @top10vpn
#LetTheNetWork #keepItOn #internetshutdown #JammuAndKashmir
top10vpn.com/cost-of-intern… 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.