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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 Delhi Government Against Mandatory

Letter to Delhi Government Against Mandatory Installation of Aarogya Setu by Licensees of Wholesale Liquor Vends Recently, the Department of Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax, New Delhi vide its circular no. F.L-1/Ex./IMFL/Mis./2019-20/1719 dated 27.10.2020 made Aarogya Setu mandatory for all the employees. It read as “mandatory use of Aarogya Setu by every worker”. The circular further requires all the bond inspectors “to […]

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Letter to Telangana Government Against Mandatory Aadhaar Data for Non-Agricultural Land Records

Letter to Telangana Government Against Mandatory Aadhaar Data for Non-Agricultural Land Records As Telangana’s Dharani Portal goes live today, we wrote to Government of Telangana against mandatory Aadhaar requirement and caste details for updating non-agricultural property records. These details have to be updated on Telangana State Non Agricultural Property Book mobile application. The manual for this application also […]

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Letter to Jawaharlal National University Against Mandatory Installation of Aarogya Setu by Employees and Students

Letter to Jawaharlal National University Against Mandatory Installation of Aarogya Setu by Employees and Students Recently, the Jawaharlal National University (JNU) made Aarogya Setu mandatory for its employees and students vide order number 01/Admin./Corona(COVID-19)/Misc./2020 dated 21.10.2020. The order reads as “every individual working in the university as an employee or a student should have Aarogya Setu app […]

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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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Update on Anivar A Aravind v. Ministry of Home Affairs, GM PIL WP (C) 7483 of 2020

Update on Anivar A Aravind v. Ministry of Home Affairs, GM PIL WP (C) 7483 of 2020 SFLC.in’s advisory board member Mr. Anivar A Arvind has filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the voluntary-mandatory imposition of Aarogya Setu and invasion of privacy rights in the absence of a specific legislation governing data […]

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Our Comments on Draft Health Data Management Policy of the National Digital Health Mission

Our Comments on Draft Health Data Management Policy of the National Digital Health Mission The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (hereinafter “the MoHFW”) released the draft Health Data Management Policy (hereinafter “the Policy or the draft Policy”) under the National Digital Health Mission (hereinafter “the NDHM”) for stakeholder consultation on August 26, 2020. The initial period of consultation for the […]

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Our Comments on the Non-Personal Data Governance Framework Report

Our Comments on the Non-Personal Data Governance Framework Report 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.It […]

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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’s Comments on NITI Aayog’s Working Document on Responsible #AIForAll

SFLC.IN’s Comments on NITI Aayog’s Working Document on Responsible #AIForAll The NITI Aayog released its working document on “Responsible #AIforAll” on July 21st, 2020 for discussion with stakeholders on the subject. The documents serves as an important groundwork on ethics of AI in India as well as for legislative considerations which have to be taken […]

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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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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 […]

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. […]