Centre for Internet & Society

UIDAI remains silent on #Aadhaarleaks of 13 crore users through government portals

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 11:06 AM

As the arguments for making Aadhaar mandatory go on, is there any way to stem the leaks and identify who exactly has all this information.

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Details of 135 million Aadhaar card holders may have leaked, claims CIS report

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 08:42 AM

The disclosure came as part of a CIS report titled ‘Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof): A Documentation of Public Availability of Aadhaar Numbers with Sensitive Personal Financial Information’.

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Aadhaar numbers of 135 mn may have leaked, claims CIS report

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 10:42 AM

Aadhaar numbers and personal information of as many as 135 million Indians could have been leaked from four government portals due to lack of IT security practices, the Centre for Internet and Society has claimed.

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Aadhaar Details Of 13.5 Crore People Available On Government Sites

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 11:00 AM

Up to 13.5 crore Aadhaar numbers can be easily accessed through government portals and nearly three-fourths of these are linked to bank accounts, said non-profit research organisation the Centre For Internet & Society (CIS).

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Analysis: Data Protection in India - Getting It Right

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 28, 2017 01:42 AM

Indian Government Plans Ambitious Data Protection Legislation Rollout by October

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Now, Aadhaar details displayed in Mizoram too

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 27, 2017 04:59 PM

Contrary to the Centre’s assurances, government websites are revealing digital details of the poor, leaving them vulnerable to financial frauds and identity theft.

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Stop the Haphazard Internet Shutdown Says MP Jay Panda

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 27, 2017 04:44 PM

In just one year India lost $968M due to Internet shutdowns; “Cops may not be the right decision makers when it comes to imposing what is a digital curfew,” added an entrepreneur journalist.

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ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 27 Meetings

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 27, 2017 04:38 PM

Udbhav Tiwari represented the Centre for Internet & Society in a series of meetings held at University of Waikato and Novotel in Hamilton, New Zealand between April 18 and 25, 2017.

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India bans social media in Kashmir for one month

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 27, 2017 04:09 PM

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have banned 22 social media sites including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in an effort to calm tensions in the disputed region.

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Aadhaar: A widening net

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 22, 2017 05:06 AM

As India makes Aadhaar compulsory for a range of services, concerns about potential data breaches remain more than six years after the govt started building the world’s largest biometric identification system.

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Sunil Abraham: Honorary steward September 2017

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 20, 2017 01:30 PM

Shuttleworth Foundation has announced Sunil Abraham as Honorary Steward for its September 2017 fellowship round.

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11th Meeting of Information Systems Security Sectional Committee (LITD 17)

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 19, 2017 02:57 AM

Udbhav Tiwari represented CIS at this meeting organized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) at Manak Bhavan, New Delhi on April 13, 2017.

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An Open Digital Global South: Risks and Rewards

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 12, 2017 02:25 PM

Pranesh Prakash will be speaking at a conference to be organized by UC Davis Law School on May 25 and 26, 2017, in California, USA.

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Opposition questions govt move to make Aadhaar must

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 12, 2017 02:19 PM

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh claimed that the Aadhaar system was becoming an instrument of social exclusion rather than one of identity.

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Identities Research

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 12, 2017 01:54 PM

Caribou Digital organized an identity research event in Bengaluru at TERI on April 6, 2017. A total of 16 participants attended the event. Sunil Abraham and Pranesh Prakash represented CIS at the event.

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Privacy, what? Bengaluru police leaks 46,000 phone numbers on Twitter

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:57 AM

Bengaluru police made the biggest goof up of all time by releasing private information of people who called 100 to complain since April 2015 and was seemingly unapologetic about the breach of privacy.

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India’s National ID Program May Be Turning The Country Into A Surveillance State

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 12:49 PM

For seven years, India’s government has been scanning the irises and fingerprints of its citizens into a massive database. The once voluntary program was intended to fix the country’s corrupt welfare schemes, but critics worry about its Orwellian overtones.

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NGOs, individuals urge state CMs to curb Internet shutdown

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:43 AM

Amid rising instances of Internet curbs, a group of individuals and organisations have urged the chief ministers of 12 states to only restrict specific online content rather than resort to complete shutdown.

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Bengaluru cops' twitter handle in ethical storm

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:38 AM

The city's privacy activists are among the most strident in trying to prevent the Union government from gaining unprecedented access to citizens' personal information through Aadhaar. But in their own backyard, Bengaluru police have been publishing on Twitter the phone numbers of thousands of citizens reporting various crimes such as gambling on the streets, random quarrels and harassment of women.

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Get an Aadhaar card if you don't have one

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 04, 2017 03:39 PM

The Aadhaar number has been made compulsory for filing tax return. With both the government and private parties insisting on it for various activities despite the Supreme Court's assertion that is not mandatory, you need to get one at the earliest.

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