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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: Finance and Security
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 10, 2011 last modified Feb 17, 2011 11:57 AM — filed under:
This note explores the three connections between finance and security and demonstrates the cost implications of operating a centrally designed identity management system as proposed by the UID. In doing so, it shows how the monitoring, storing, and securing of transactional data in a centralized database fall short of meeting the project's objectives of authentication, and thus is an additional cost. Further, it is argued that the blanket monitoring of the transaction database is not an effective method of detecting fraud, and is an expensive component of the project.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
Open Letter to the Finance Committee: UID and Transactions
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 17, 2011 last modified Feb 24, 2011 01:35 PM — filed under:
Since official documentation from the UIDAI is very limited, we assume that data pertaining to transactions would comprise of the Aadhaar number, identifier of the authenticating device, date-time stamp, and approval/rejection/error code. Recording and maintaining of data pertaining to transactions is very important because it increases transparency and accountability through an audit trail. However, storage of such sensitive data creates many privacy risks, because more often than not metadata gives you as much intelligence as raw data.
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'Privacy Matters', Ahmedabad: Conference Report
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 31, 2011 last modified Apr 04, 2011 04:45 AM — filed under: ,
On 26 March 2011, civil society, lawyers, judges, students and NGO’s, gathered together at the Ahmedabad Management Association to take part in 'Privacy Matters' – a public conference organised by Privacy India in partnership with IDRC and Research Foundation for Governance in India (RFGI) — to discuss the challenges of privacy in India, with an emphasis on national security and privacy. The conference was opened by Prashant Iyengar, head researcher at Privacy India and Kanan Drhu, director of RFGI. Mr. Iyengar explained Privacy India’s mandate to raise awareness of privacy, spark civil action, and promote democratic dialogue around privacy challenges and violations in India. RFGI is a think tank established in 2009 which aims to research, promote, and implement various reforms to improve the legal and political process in Gujarat and across India. ‘Privacy Matters – Ahmedabad’ is the third conference out of the eight that Privacy India will be hosting across India. The next conference will take place in Hyderabad on 9 April 2011. It will focus on human rights and privacy.
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Blog Entry Privacy and the Information Technology Act — Do we have the Safeguards for Electronic Privacy?
by Prashant Iyengar published Apr 07, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:29 AM — filed under: ,
How do the provisions of the Information Technology Act measure up to the challenges of privacy infringement? Does it provide an adequate and useful safeguard for our electronic privacy? Prashant Iyengar gives a comprehensive analysis on whether and how the Act fulfils the challenges and needs through a series of FAQs while drawing upon real life examples.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
Blog Entry Consumer Privacy in e-Commerce
by Sahana Sarkar published Jul 23, 2011 last modified Mar 28, 2012 04:53 AM — filed under: ,
Looking at the larger picture of national security versus consumer privacy, Sahana Sarkar says that though consumer privacy is important in the world of digital technology, individuals must put aside some of their civil liberties when it comes to the question of national security, as it is necessary to prevent societal damage.
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Blog Entry Copyright Enforcement and Privacy in India
by Prashant Iyengar published Jun 14, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:27 AM — filed under: ,
Copyright can function contradictorily, as both the vehicle for the preservation of privacy as well as its abuse, writes Prashant Iyengar. The research examines the various ways in which privacy has been implicated in the shifting terrain of copyright enforcement in India and concludes by examining the notion of the private that emerges from a tapestry view of the relevant sections of Copyright Act.
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Re-thinking Key Escrow
by Natasha Vaz published Aug 09, 2011 last modified Aug 22, 2011 11:44 AM — filed under: ,
Would you make duplicates of your house keys and hand them over to the local police authority? And if so, would you feel safe? Naturally, one would protest this invasion of privacy. Similarly, would it be justified for the government to have a copy of the private key to intercept and decrypt communications? This is the idea behind key escrow; it enables government ‘wiretapping’.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
CCTV in Universities
by Merlin Oommen published Aug 10, 2011 last modified Sep 01, 2011 09:50 AM — filed under: ,
Basic Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Infrastructure is used to observe movements from a central room, and consists of one or more video cameras that transmit video and audio images to a set of monitors or video recorders.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog / Privacy
Blog Entry The Digital Identification Parade
by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon published Jul 30, 2019 — filed under: ,
NCRB’s proposed Automated Facial Recognition System impinges on right to privacy, is likely to target certain groups.
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Roundtable with the WhatsApp leadership
by Admin published Jul 30, 2019 — filed under: ,
Will Cathcart, WhatsApp's new global head, visited India and invited Sunil Abraham for a discussion on 26 July 2019 at the Mountbatten, The Oberoi, New Delhi. Sunil met with some other people from WhatsApp leadership.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media