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In the 21st century, it is often said that information is money, and not without reason. The growth of the Internet and communication technologies has lent a whole new dimension to problems like communications surveillance, anonymity and unsolicited marketing, transforming the Internet into a panopticon of sorts, where users are under constant surveillance. Every movement and click is monitored, and information so collected is then processed to meet corporate and/or government needs. In this context, it is particularly important that users of online services be educated about their rights, duties and obligations with respect to online privacy, so as to equip them to prevent having personal information used without consent or in an unauthorised manner. We at SFLC.in work with stakeholders to promote a greater understanding and respect for the privacy rights of citizens by assisting in framing the law and by demystifying legal, policy and technical aspects relating to privacy in the digital sphere.

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Letter To The Standing Committee on Information Technology

Recommendations to The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology for Surveillance Reforms in lieu of WhatsApp-NSO Revelations Recommendations sent to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Chairperson to The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology before the meeting with representatives of Home Ministry, The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to […]

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Follow-up Comments on the Consultation on Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

On August 20, 2019 we learned that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) was conducting a follow-up consultation on the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 with selective stakeholders. MediaNama published the list of questions that had been sent by MeitY to these stakeholders. We sent in our responses for these questions. A copy of […]

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Truecaller automatically retrieved bank account details of its users and registered them for UPI

Reports came out on Tuesday that the Truecaller app had sent SMS messages from phones of unsuspecting users to create UPI IDs with ICICI Bank. A payments feature had been added to the app two years ago in partnership with ICICI Bank. The feature is called Truecaller Pay. After facing criticism on social media, NPCI and […]

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Roundtable on ‘Policy Enabling – Information Technology in Healthcare’

We are organising an invite-only round table discussion on ‘Policy Enabling – Information Technology in Healthcare’ in Bangalore on 27 April 2019 in association with IIM Bangalore and Facebook. To ask for an invitation, please send an email to: events at sflc.in . The agenda for the event is mentioned below: 10:00 am to 10:30 am: […]

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What has been changed in the Aadhaar Amendment Bill?

On Wednesday, 02 January 2019, we got our first look at The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. On Friday, 04 January 2019, this Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. We compared this Bill with the existing provisions under The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 […]

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The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018

  Today, the Central Government introduced, The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the Aadhaar Act, 2016 to comply with the conditions as set out in the Aadhaar judgment of the Supreme Court (Justice KS Puttaswamy v. UOI) [WP (Civil) No. 494 of 2012] and […]

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Someone still asking for Aadhaar? Let us know!

Contrary to the Supreme Court’s judgment, some entities are still asking for Aadhaar A nine judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Aadhaar on September 26, 2018 wherein the majority view, comprised of – Dipak Misra CJI., AK Sikri J., AM Khanwilkar, J. and Ashok Bhushan J. (though Bhushan J. dissented with […]

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FAQs on the Aadhaar Judgment

1. Can Aadhaar be required for getting a new mobile connection? Is linking Aadhaar with mobile number mandatory? No. The Supreme Court of India in Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) and Anr. v. Union Of India And Ors. (CWP 494 of 2012) has held that mobile service companies cannot ask for Aadhaar from subscribers. The […]

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Key Highlights of the Aadhaar Judgment

The Supreme Court has delivered its much awaited judgment in the Aadhaar case, wherein the majority view, comprised of – Dipak Misra CJI., AK Sikri J., AM Khanwilkar, J. and Ashok Bhushan J. (though Bhushan J. dissented with the majority on certain points) upheld the constitutionality of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 barring a few provisions […]

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Full text of the 1448-page Aadhaar Judgement

The Supreme Court has delivered its much awaited judgment in the Aadhaar case, wherein the majoirty view, comprised of –  Dipak Misra CJI., AK Sikri J., AM Khanwilkar, J. and Ashok Bhushan J. (though Bhushan J. dissented with the majority on certain points) upheld the constitutionality of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 barring a few provisions […]

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Social Media Communications Hub: A Privacy Nightmare

On April 25, 2018 the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting released a bid document (“SMCH Bid Document”) stating its intent to establish a Social Media Communication Hub (“SMCH”) which would enable processes such as analyzing large volumes of data across diverse digital platforms in real time, comprehensive analytics along with monitoring and analyzing social media […]

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Brief Analysis of The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

On 27 July 2018, the nine-member expert committee headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna submitted its Report along with a draft bill titled The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 (“the Bill”) to the Ministry of Information and Technology (MeitY). The Report and the Bill are a result of a process that began last year, including internal […]

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Events

Roundtable on ‘Policy Enabling – Information Technology in Healthcare’

We are organising an invite-only round table discussion on ‘Policy Enabling – Information Technology in Healthcare’ in Bangalore on 27 April 2019 in association with IIM Bangalore and Facebook. To ask for an invitation, please send an email to: events at sflc.in . The agenda for the event is mentioned below: 10:00 am to 10:30 am: […]

Public Discussion on Privacy & Data Protection: The Road Ahead

Date: 18 December 2017 Venue: Hotel Avenue Center, Kochi, Kerala, India People in attendance: ~70   Key Note Speaker: Justice A. K. Jayasankaran Nambiar, Judge, Kerala High Court Content: Justice Nambiar spoke about the historical evolution of privacy and the need to have a public consultation before laws are formulated. He was highly critical of […]

Key Stakeholders Raise Questions About Right to Privacy in India

New Delhi, November 16th, 2017: Several law and technology experts along with representatives from civil society, industry and other stakeholder groups discussed a number of legal and technological issues related to the right to privacy in India at a round table discussion titled “Right to Privacy: What now?” convened by SFLC.in and Ananta Aspen Centre […]

Round Table: “Right to Privacy: What now?” on 16th November 2017

The Supreme Court’s recognition of privacy as a fundamental right is the beginning of a new era in Indian constitutional jurisprudence. The SC’s unanimous judgment in this regard (K.S.Puttaswamy vs Union of India) will usher in a period of great technical and legal creativity. Also considering that IT-based service industries are core components of any […]

Summary Report: Celebrating the Right to be Let Alone [Sep 02, 2017; New Delhi]

On Sep 2, 2017, SFLC.in organized a discussion titled “Celebrating the Right To Be Let Alone” to commemorate the recent recognition of right to privacy as a fundamental right, discuss the privacy judgment, its key takeaways, the impact it will have on pending Aadhaar litigations, how it will affect various aspects of policy making and […]

Celebrating the Right to be Let Alone

SFLC.in is holding a discussion on “Celebrating the Right to be Let Alone” on Saturday, September 02, 2017, from 4:00-6:00 PM at the SFLC.in premises at K-9, Second Floor, Birbal Road, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi -110014 near Jangpura Metro station – Gate no 2. During this time, we will celebrate the recognition of right to privacy […]

Panel Discussion on 03 June 2017: “Tech Policy Talks”

Software Freedom Law Centre, India (SFLC.in), along with Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF), is organizing a panel discussion titled, “Tech Policy Talks” on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 10:00 -13:00 (10 AM to 1 PM) at IBIS Kochi City Center Hotel, Padma Jn., M.G. Road, Kochi. Click here to register for the event. The […]

Panel Discussion – Revisiting Aadhaar: Law, Tech and Beyond [May 9, 2017; New Delhi]

The last one year has seen a number of interesting developments around the Aadhaar project, such as the notification of the Aadhaar Act, Aadhaar enrolment being made mandatory for availing various benefits and subsidies from the Government, and a series of incidents where individuals’ Aadhaar information was leaked from Government databases. Against this backdrop, SFLC.in, […]

Digital Citizen Summit by Digital Empowerment Foundation

Our Counsel, Prasanth Sugathan was part of a panel on privacy at the Digital Citizen Summit organized by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in Bangalore on 11th November, 2016.  This session focused on digital privacy and other related concepts that have been brought into the limelight in recent times due to the emerging issues of big […]

Panel Discussion on Privacy, National Security & India’s need for a Privacy Legislation

SFLC.in, along with the Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament is organizing a panel discussion on ‘The Need For a Dedicated Privacy Legislation In India: Next Steps’ on 12th May 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. The recent debate on the contentious Aadhaar Act saw the issue of privacy […]

Cryptoparty – January 2016

SFLC.in will be organizing a cryptoparty on 30th January 2016 at 3pm in its office in Jangpura, Delhi. It will be a hands-on workshop where we teach and learn basic cryptography tools to secure our digital communication, to understand data privacy and mass surveillance issues. Why Cryptoparty? The state of digital communication hasn’t improved much […]

Workshop on ‘What are people’s rights in the digital world?’

‘What are people’s rights in the digital world? – Moving towards a digital social contract’ (Bengaluru, 4-5 December, 2015) SFLC.in participated in a 2 day workshop organized by IT for Change in Bengaluru on the theme of the changing nature of human rights in the digital age. This involved understanding digital rights from a lens […]

Debate on “Do Indians have a Constitutional Right to Privacy?” at OP Jindal Global University

SFLC.in organized a debate and panel discussion on“Do Indians have a Constitutional Right to Privacy?” in collaboration with National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)at O.P Jindal Global University on 1st November, 2015. The event began with opening remarks from Mr. Prasanth Sugathan as a co-sponsor of the event giving a brief introduction of the many […]

Conventional Debate and Panel Discussion: Do Indians have a Constitutional Right to Privacy? (November 1, 2015 @ JGLS, Sonipat, Haryana)

SFLC.in, in association with the National Internet Exchange of India and the DebSoc and IPSoc of the O.P.Jindal Global Law School, is organizing a conventional debate and panel discussion on “Do Indians have a Constitutional Right to Privacy?” on November 1, 2015 at O.P.Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, Haryana from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. […]

Cryptoparty in Delhi

SFLC.in in association with Hoot will be organizing a Cryptoparty for journalists and bloggers in Delhi. It will be a hands-on workshop that will talk about mass surveillance, data mining and also emphasize on secure communication. Growing surveillance and monitoring of communication adversely affect journalists and bloggers, who work on investigative stories and who deal […]