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Letter to the Kerala Government to Reconsider the Proposal for Amending the Kerala Police Act by inserting Section 118 (A)

Letter to Kerala Government to Reconsider the Proposal for Amending the Kerala Police Act by inserting Section 118 (A) SFLC.in sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala in reference to the press release dated 21st October 2020 regarding the amendment to the Kerala Police Act, 2011. The said press release states that Kerala Police […]

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Karnataka High Court Orders That State Cannot Deny Services or Benefits To Citizens Who Do Not Have Aarogya Setu

Update on Anivar A Aravind v. Ministry of Home Affairs, GM PIL WP (C) 7483 of 2020 : Karnataka High Court orders that in the absence of a law State cannot deny services or benefits to citizens who do not have Aarogya Setu SFLC.in’s advisory board member Mr. Anivar A Arvind has filed a petition in […]

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RTI Reply by NITI Aayog on Working Document on Responsible AI: #AIForAll

RTI Reply by NITI Aayog on Working Document on Responsible AI: #AIForAll On July 30th, NITI Aayog had released a working document titled “Towards Responsible #AIForAll”. The deadline for submission of comments on this document was initially August 10th which was later extended to August 28th. The draft document states that it was “prepared for an expert consultation held on July 21st, […]

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Government of Rajasthan clarifies to SFLC.IN that Aadhar is not mandatory for COVID-19 testing

Government of Rajasthan clarifies to SFLC.IN that Aadhaar is not mandatory for COVID-19 testing Recently, it was brought to our notice that the Rajasthan government had made Aadhaar mandatory for the RT-PCR mobile app during sample collection of COVID-19 tests vide their guidelines dated 25.07.2020. In this regard, SFLC.IN had written to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Government, Minister of Health and Family […]

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SFLC.IN wrote to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Seeking Extension for the Draft Health Data Management Policy

SFLC.IN wrote to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Seeking Extension for the Draft Health Data Management Policy The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the Draft Health Data Management Policy of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) in the public domain. The last date for submission of comments on this draft policy is September 3, […]

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Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM On September 3rd, 2020, Software Freedom Law Centre, India (SFLC.in) organized a multi-stakeholder round-table discussion to “Individual Liberty vs. National Security” debate, and to address the concerns arising from conflicting encryption regulations across the world through the lens of members of civil society, journalists, technologists and lawmakers.The […]

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Aarogya Setu is Optional for Air Passengers, Airport Authority Informs Karnataka High Court

Aarogya Setu is Optional for Air Passengers, Airport Authority Informs Karnataka High Court SFLC.IN’s advisory board member Mr. Anivar A Aravind filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the voluntary-mandatory nature of Aarogya Setu and invasion of privacy rights in the absence of a specific legislation governing data collected by it. He is […]

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Update on Anivar A Aravind v. Ministry of Home Affairs & Ors., Karnataka High Court Allows Amendment to Petition

Update on Anivar A Aravind v. Ministry of Home Affairs & Ors., Karnataka High Court Allows Amendment to Petition SFLC.IN’s advisory board member Mr. Anivar A Aravind filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the voluntary-mandatory nature  of Aarogya Setu and invasion of privacy rights in the absence of a specific legislation governing […]

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Letter to Goa and Tamil Nadu Government Against Mandatory Installation of Aarogya Setu

Letter to Goa and Tamil Nadu Government Against Mandatory Installation of Aarogya Setu Recently, the Government of Goa made Aarogya Setu mandatory for anyone entering the collectorate. After receiving flak, this was restricted to persons who own smartphones. Similarly, the Government of Tamil Nadu released a Standard Operating Procedure on “Resumption of training activities of sportspersons preparing for […]

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Karnataka High Court Allows Amendment of Petition in Aarogya Setu Case

Karnataka High Court Allows Amendment of Petition in Aarogya Setu Case: Update on Petition Challenging Aarogya Setu’s Voluntary-Mandatory Status and Lack of A Specific Legislation SFLC.IN’s advisory board member Mr. Anivar A Aravind filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the mandatory nature  of Aarogya Setu and invasion of privacy rights in the absence of […]

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A Brief on Privacy Concerns Around the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Committee

A Brief on Privacy Concerns Around the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Committee on Information Technology In order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India launched a contact tracing application “Aarogya Setu”, and is also in the process of deploying various technologies like the patient tracking tool incorporated in the BECIL tender, etc, which have the […]

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Our Statement on the BECIL Tender – COVID – 19 Patient Tracking Tool

Our Statement on the BECIL Tender – COVID – 19 Patient Tracking Tool Broadcast Engineering Consultants Limited, a government of India undertaking under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting had recently released a tender inviting “Expression of Interest (EOI) for Empanelment of Agency for Supply of Healthcare Equipments”. The tender invites EOI for agencies to be empaneled to […]

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Events

Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM On September 3rd, 2020, Software Freedom Law Centre, India (SFLC.in) organized a multi-stakeholder round-table discussion to “Individual Liberty vs. National Security” debate, and to address the concerns arising from conflicting encryption regulations across the world through the lens of members of civil society, journalists, technologists and lawmakers.The […]