Centre for Internet & Society

Aadhaar Case: Beyond Privacy, An Issue of Bodily Integrity

Posted by Amber Sinha and Aradhya Sethia at May 03, 2017 04:02 PM |

The insertion of Section 139AA in the Income Tax Act has been challenged and is being heard by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court.

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Comments on the Statistical Disclosure Control Report

This submission presents comments by the Centre for Internet and Society, India (“CIS”) on the ​Statistical Disclosure Control Report published on March 30th by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

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(Updated) Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof): A documentation of public availability of Aadhaar Numbers with sensitive personal financial information

Since its inception in 2009, the Aadhaar project has been shrouded in controversy due to various questions raised about privacy, technological issues, welfare exclusion, and security concerns. In this study, we document numerous instances of publicly available Aadhaar Numbers along with other personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals on government websites. This report highlights four government projects run by various government departments that have made sensitive personal financial information and Aadhaar numbers public on the project websites.

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Internet Shutdowns in 2016

Posted by Japreet Grewal at Apr 27, 2017 03:55 PM |
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An internet shutdown is an intentional disruption of internet or electronic communications, rendering them inaccessible or effectively unusable, for a specific population or within a location, often to exert control over the flow of information.

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Regulating Bitcoin in India

The article discusses the possible contours of future bitcoin regulation in India. Bitcoin, often considered a ‘notorious’ virtual currency limited only to techies or speculators, is currently fighting a battle to become a bona fide mainstream means of exchange.

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Brainstorming Session on the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS 2017)

Posted by Japreet Grewal at Apr 14, 2017 04:43 PM |
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I attended a brainstorming session on the Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 on April 12, 2017 at Electronics Niketan that was organised by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. The Global Conference on Cyber Space was first held in London in 2011. Thereafter, it was held in Budapest (2012), Seoul (2013) and the Hague (2015).

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Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Posted by Amber Sinha at Apr 11, 2017 02:43 PM |

Personal data is freely accessible, shared and even sold, and those to whom this information belongs have little control over its flow.

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Right to be Forgotten: A Tale of Two Judgements

In the last few months, there have been contrasting judgments from two Indian high courts, Karnataka and Gujarat, on matters relating to the right to be forgotten. The two high courts heard pleas on issues to do the right of individuals to have either personal information redacted from the text of judgments available online or removal of such judgment from publically available sources.

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Aadhaar marks a fundamental shift in citizen-state relations: From ‘We the People’ to ‘We the Government’

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Apr 04, 2017 04:10 PM |

Your fingerprints, iris scans, details of where you shop. Compulsory Aadhaar means all this data is out there. And it’s still not clear who can view or use it.

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Analysis of Key Provisions of the Aadhaar Act Regulations

Posted by Amber Sinha at Mar 31, 2017 10:00 PM |

In exercise of their powers under of the powers conferred by Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, (Aadhaar Act) the UIDAI has come out with a set of five regulations in late 2016 last year. In this policy brief, we look at the five regulations, their key provisions and highlight point out the unresolved, issues, unaddressed, and created issues as result of these regulations.

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It’s the technology, stupid

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Mar 31, 2017 10:00 PM |

Eleven reasons why the Aadhaar is not just non-smart but also insecure.

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How Aadhaar compromises privacy? And how to fix it?

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Mar 31, 2017 09:00 PM |

Aadhaar is mass surveillance technology. Unlike targeted surveillance which is a good thing, and essential for national security and public order – mass surveillance undermines security. And while biometrics is appropriate for targeted surveillance by the state – it is wholly inappropriate for everyday transactions between the state and law abiding citizens.

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State of Digital Rights in India (Delhi, March 24)

Posted by Japreet Grewal and Sumandro Chattapadhyay at Mar 23, 2017 04:50 AM |

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi and the Internet Freedom Foundation, in association with Access Now, are hosting a discussion on The State of Digital Rights in India on March 24, 2017 (Friday) from 6.00 pm onwards at Lecture Room-I, India International Centre- Annexe, New Delhi. Japreet Grewal and Sumandro Chattapadhyay will participate in the panel discussions.

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Benefits, Harms, Rights and Regulation: A Survey of Literature on Big Data

Posted by Amber Sinha, Vanya Rakesh, Vidushi Marda and Geethanjali Jujjavarapu at Mar 23, 2017 02:17 AM |

This survey draws upon a range of literature including news articles, academic articles, and presentations and seeks to disaggregate the potential benefits and harms of big data, organising them into several broad categories that reflect the existing scholarly literature. The survey also recognises the non-technical big data regulatory options which are in place as well as those which have been proposed by various governments, civil society groups and academics.

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Comments on Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules, 2017

Posted by Amber Sinha at Mar 23, 2017 01:54 AM |

The Centre for Internet and Society submitted comments on the Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules, 2017. The comments were prepared by Udbhav Tiwari, Pranesh Prakash, Abhay Rana, Amber Sinha and Sunil Abraham.

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Can the Judiciary Upturn the Lok Sabha Speaker’s Decision on Aadhaar?

Can the Judiciary Upturn the Lok Sabha Speaker’s Decision on Aadhaar?

Posted by Amber Sinha at Feb 27, 2017 03:44 PM |

When ruling on the petition filed by Jairam Ramesh challenging passing the Aadhaar Act as a money Bill, the court has differing precedents to look at.

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Privacy Gaps in India's Digital India Project

Posted by Anisha Gupta and Edited by Amber Sinha at Feb 21, 2017 01:55 AM |

This paper seeks to assess the privacy protections under 15 e-governance schemes: Soil Health Card, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), Project Panchdeep, U-Dise, Electronic Health Records, NHRM Smart Card, MyGov, eDistricts, Mobile Seva, Digi Locker, eSign framework for Aadhaar, Passport Seva, PayGov, National Land Records Modernization Programme (NLRMP), and Aadhaar.

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Big Data in Governance in India: Case Studies

Posted by Amber Sinha, Vanya Rakesh and Vidushi Marda and Edited by Elonnai Hickok, Sumandro Chattapadhyay and Sunil Abraham at Feb 19, 2017 01:55 PM |

This research seeks to understand the most effective way of researching Big Data in the Global South. Towards this goal, the research planned for the development of a Global South big data Research Network that identifies the potential opportunities and harms of big data in the Global South and possible policy solutions and interventions.

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Ranking Digital Rights in India

Posted by Divij Joshi and Aditya Chawla at Feb 12, 2017 07:22 AM |

This report is a study of five Indian telecommunication companies (Tata Communications Ltd., Reliance Communications Limited, Aircel Limited, Vodafone India Private Limited and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited) and three Indian online service providers (Hike Messenger, Shaadi.com and Rediff.com). The report is an attempt to evaluate the practices and policies of companies which provide internet infrastructure or internet services, and are integral intermediaries to the everyday experience of the internet in India.

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Vidhi Doshi - Fingerprint Payments Prompt Privacy Fears in India (The Guardian)

Posted by Vidhi Doshi at Feb 10, 2017 10:50 AM |

This article by Vidhi Doshi on the use of Aadhaar-based payments by private companies in India was published by The Guardian on February 09, 2017. Sumandro Chattapadhyay is quoted in the article.

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