The Govt. of Meghalaya says that the deployment of Facial Recognition Technology is optional and not mandatory. What it forgets is that the principles of information security must be complied by any authority collecting data, even when such collection is on a voluntary basis. 2/6
GoM says that the use of FRT doesn’t require any anchoring legislation, and doesn’t violate the right to privacy. What it forgets is that in the absence of a data protection law, the high risk of data misuse outweighs the aim of offering additional convenience to pensioners. 3/6
While some big corporations have figured their way out — either by shifting to other payment methods, offering prepaid top-ups or by temporarily offering their services for free — media houses that were finally getting a hang of the subscription model are back to square one! 2/6
Given the sudden drop in their hard-won subscribers, countless young startups that rely on the subscription model now face existential issues.
Elsevier, Wiley and American Chemical — 3 large corporate media houses — have sought to have LibGen and SciHub blocked in India on grounds that these websites infringe copyright in works owned by them.
But any such blocking will seriously impact the rights of researchers. 2/8
Research in India is entirely dependent on community access to resources & materials and the knowledge commons.
Especially in universities where libraries are unable to provide access to all the books and journal articles that researchers need — even more so in the pandemic. 3/8
All the internet shutdown orders issued by the Jaipur Divisional Commissioner were identical:
a. Bureaucrat recommends an internet shutdown citing ‘law and order’ concerns.
b. DC expresses satisfaction with the recommendation without reason.
c. DC suspends internet services. 2/6
Protest = Internet Shutdown
Out of 30 shutdown orders, 25 were issued during protests by the Gujjar community demanding reservations in ongoing recruitments & backlog vacancies, as well for the inclusion of a State reservation law in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. 3/6
@ProgIntl is creating an alternative — a global observatory with the legal expertise, data science, and parliamentary power to track anti-democratic attacks and provide real-time defenses against them.
Our work on electoral integrity focuses on — free and fair elections and the impact of digitisation. This is a vital issue where our engagement includes a joint representation in the 2019 General Elections to the Election Commission. (2/4)
IFF has also advocated for a digital rights charter for political parties, and many of these demands have found mention in the manifestos of national political parties for the 2019 General Elections. (3/4)
#Tripura police has asked Twitter for personal details, like IP and linked phone numbers of multiple users — including lawyers & reporters — under a flimsy excuse: 'potential to flare up communal tension'.
Here's why this is patently illegal. Thread 👇🏽 1/n internetfreedom.in/iff-questions-…
Information sought: browsing logs, IP addresses from which the users had logged on, mobile numbers (including verified numbers added for security reasons), and accounts that users had linked into their Twitter account.
This notice is patently illegal as Section 91 of the CrPC does not empower police authorities to block online content, but only enables the production of a document necessary for investigation or inquiry. The power to block online content only exists u/s69A of the IT Act. 3/n
Our latest in the #PrivacyOfThePeople series is out now, and this time we've focused on digital lending apps (both 'legal' and 'illegal') — the information they collect, the lack of regulation, and how the PDP Bill comes into the picture.
After the pandemic began, illegal digital lending apps started offering unsecured loans to desperate borrowers. Interest rates (60-100%) and tenures (7-10 days) varied widely — no KYC. Extensive data was collected from phones & borrowers were harassed. 2/5 restofworld.org/2021/debt-and-…
Although digital lending apps fill a genuine market gap by offering credit to borrowers traditionally left out by financial institutions due to a lack of formal credit history, this may come at the expense of privacy and consumer welfare in India.
After massive furore and backlash, the first FIR in the incident was registered — 6th July '21. On 8th July, @NCWIndia and the DCW also took suo motu cognizance, while the @DelhiPolice registered another FIR. 3/6
News report videos by @TheSiasatDaily showed police officials in Hyderabad stopping pedestrians, motorcycle/autorickshaw drivers and riders. They appeared to be taking their phones and going through them. 2/n
👉🏾 5 teams deployed
👉🏾 Police checking phones for keywords - ‘ganja’, ‘weed’ and ‘stuff’
👉🏾 Any phone with these words being sent to the police station
👉🏾 Checking for over a month from 6am to 2am everyday 3/n thenewsminute.com/article/hydera…
This framework tries to make #financialdata more accessible between banks or other "Financial Information Providers" and entities requesting that data (like credit platforms) called "Financial Information Users" with the consent of the user.
Here's how it works ⬇️ 2/5
#AccountAggregator supporters say this is a step towards a secure, efficient, & connected financial ecosystem — reducing costs + frauds while prioritising user consent.
But critics say that security issues exist, while the role of RBI in regulating AAs has been questioned. 3/5
It is to enquire and investigate whether the #Pegasus spyware was acquired by any Government; whether it was used on phones/devices of Indians to access stored data, eavesdrop, intercept information; and/or for any other purpose. 2/n
The Committee can also make recommendations regarding new laws around #surveillance to secure the right to #privacy as well as about establishment of a mechanism for citizens to raise grievances grievances if they fear they are under illegal surveillance. 3/n
We are India's first line of defense against digital authoritarianism. We file critical litigation and engage in crucial policy advocacy. We hold India’s elected representatives accountable for their decisions on our behalf. Today, we need your help. 2/5
REVEALED: The #Rajasthan govt. ordered internet shutdowns for petty reasons like “preventing cheating” in exams! IFF filed RTIs with the state's divisional commissioners (responsible for #internetshutdowns) to investigate compliance with #AnuradhaBhasin directions. #KeepItOn 1/4
IFF received a response from the #Udaipur Divisional Commissioner, stating their office has issued ❗️26 different #internetshutdown orders❗️ since the decision of the Supreme Court of India in #AnuradhaBhasin. 2/4
These compliance reports lack true transparency as the #socialmedia giants have (till now) been opaque about the process/algorithms followed by them for "proactive takedown" of content. 2/n
Facebook has misled the public in “transparency” reports boasting proactive removal of over 90% of identified hate speech when internal records showed that “as little as 3-5% of hate speech" was actually removed. 3/n
Revealed: IFF has its hands on 4 MoUs by the Department of Agriculture with private companies (including @Cisco, @ITCCorpCom, #Ninjakart & @reliancejio) on implementing pilot projects re: 'Digital Agriculture'.
.@Cisco will, among other things, provide the Dept. of Agriculture with software like the 'Smart Agriculture Platform' that integrates sensor & satellite farming data into a single dashboard. ICT and IoT tech will soon become a reality in farming. 2/8