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Your mobile apps have the permission to spy on you
by Admin published Apr 03, 2018 — filed under: ,
The top applications on the Android Play store in India seek permission like access to your camera, microphone, modify contacts and download files without notifications depending on the use of the app.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
It Took Just 355 Indians to Mine the Data of 5.6 Lakh Facebook Users. Here's How
by Admin published Apr 07, 2018 — filed under: , ,
Data privacy in India is still a nascent subject. Experts say cheap data has led to unprecedented Facebook penetration. Often, it is seen that those who open an account are not aware of the privacy concerns.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Does the Safe-Harbor Program Adequately Address Third Parties Online?
by Rebecca Schild published Apr 16, 2010 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:19 AM — filed under: , , , ,
While many citizens outside of the US and EU benefit from the data privacy provisions the Safe Harbor Program, it remains unclear how successfully the program can govern privacy practices when third-parties continue to gain more rights over personal data. Using Facebook as a site of analysis, I will attempt to shed light on the deficiencies of the framework for addressing the complexity of data flows in the online ecosystem.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry No UID Campaign in New Delhi - A Report
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 26, 2010 last modified Jun 20, 2012 03:51 AM — filed under: ,
The Unique Identification (UID) Bill is not pro-citizen. The scheme is deeply undemocratic, expensive and fraught with unforseen consequences. A public meeting on UID was held at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg in New Delhi on 25 August, 2010. The said Bill came under scrutiny at the meeting which was organised by civil society groups from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi campaigning under the banner of "No UID". The speakers brought to light many concerns, unanswered questions and problems of the UID scheme.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Privacy Concerns in Whole Body Imaging: A Few Questions
by Elonnai Hickok published Nov 17, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:09 AM — filed under:
Security versus Privacy...it is a question that the world is facing today when it comes to using the Whole Body Imaging technology to screen a traveller visually in airports and other places. By giving real life examples from different parts of the world Elonnai Hickok points out that even if the Government of India eventually decides to advocate the tight security measures with some restrictions then such measures need to balanced against concerns raised for personal freedom. She further argues that privacy is not just data protection but something which must be viewed holistically and contextually when assessing new policies.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Privacy and Security Can Co-exist
by Sunil Abraham published Jun 22, 2011 last modified Mar 21, 2012 09:05 AM — filed under: ,
The blanket surveillance the Centre seeks is not going to make India more secure, writes Sunil Abraham in this article published in Mail Today on June 21, 2011.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry American Bar Association Online Privacy Conference: A Report
by Elonnai Hickok published Nov 22, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:08 AM — filed under:
On 10 November 2010, I attended an American Bar Association online conference on 'Regulating Privacy Across Borders in the Digital Age: An Emerging Global Consensus or Vive la Difference'. The panalists addressed many important global privacy challenges and spoke about the changes the EU directive is looking to take.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
Blog Entry Consumer Privacy - How to Enforce an Effective Protective Regime?
by Elonnai Hickok published Nov 22, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:06 AM — filed under:
In a typical sense, when people think of themselves as consumers, they just think about what they purchase, how they purchase and how they use their purchase. But while doing this exercise we are always exchanging personally identifiable information, and thus our privacy is always at risk. In this blog post, Elonnai Hickok and Prashant Iyengar through a series of questions look through the whole concept of consumer privacy at the national and international levels. By placing a special emphasis on Indian context, this post details the potential avenues of consumer privacy in India and states the important elements that should be kept in mind when trying to find at an effective protective regime for consumer privacy.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
Blog Entry Public Statement to Final Draft of UID Bill
by Elonnai Hickok published Dec 07, 2010 last modified Mar 22, 2012 05:48 AM — filed under: ,
The final draft of the UID Bill that will be submitted to the Lok Sabha was made public on 8 November 2010. If the Bill is approved by Parliament, it will become a legal legislation in India. The following note contains Civil Society's response to the final draft of the Bill.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
UID Meeting in Bangalore – A Report
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2010 last modified Jan 04, 2011 08:14 AM — filed under:
On 23 November 2010 a public meeting was held for the UID in Bangalore. The speakers included B.K Chandrashekar, former Chairman of the Karnataka Legislature Council, Mr. Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary to Government of e-commerce, Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of Centre for Internet and Society, Jude D’Souza, Technology Specialist and Mathew Thomas, Retired Army Officer.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy