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Will Only Legal Backing For Aadhaar Suffice?
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 16, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Aadhaar is set to become mandatory, but the opponents of the scheme are not amused. Concerns about privacy of the Aadhaar number and the authenticity of the biometric data being collected have been expressed by people right from the beginning. But the government has not done much to address these issues.
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Blog Entry Press Release, March 11, 2016: The Law cannot Fix what Technology has Broken!
by Japreet Grewal and Sunil Abraham published Mar 16, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2016 10:10 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
We published and circulated the following press release on March 11, 2016, as the Lok Sabha passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. This Bill was proposed by finance minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley to give legislative backing to Aadhaar, being implemented by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
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Blog Entry List of Recommendations on the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 - Letter Submitted to the Members of Parliament
by Amber Sinha, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Vanya Rakesh published Mar 16, 2016 last modified Mar 21, 2016 08:50 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
On Friday, March 11, the Lok Sabha passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. The Bill was introduced as a money bill and there was no public consultation to evaluate the provisions therein even though there are very serious ramifications for the Right to Privacy and the Right to Association and Assembly. Based on these concerns, and numerous others, we submitted an initial list of recommendations to the Members of Parliaments to highlight the aspects of the Bill that require immediate attention.
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A scheme in India to help the poor raises privacy concerns
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 17, 2016 — filed under: , ,
India’s legislators are on Wednesday debating a law that would allow the government to collect biometric and demographic information from people in return for distributing to them government benefits and subsidies.
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Blog Entry Vulnerabilities in the UIDAI Implementation Not Addressed by the Aadhaar Bill, 2016
by Pooja Saxena and Amber Sinha published Mar 21, 2016 last modified Mar 21, 2016 08:33 AM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
In this infographic, we document the various issues in the Aadhaar enrolment process implemented by the UIDAI, and highlight the vulnerabilities that the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 does not address. The infographic is based on Vidushi Marda’s article 'Data Flow in the Unique Identification Scheme of India,' and is designed by Pooja Saxena, with inputs from Amber Sinha.
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Blog Entry The National Privacy Principles
by Pooja Saxena and Amber Sinha published Mar 21, 2016 — filed under: ,
In this infographic, we try to break down the National Privacy Principles developed by the Group of Experts on Privacy led by the Former Chief Justice A.P. Shah in 2012.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Aadhaar: Govt will not compromise on national security
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 22, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The government is confident that the Aadhaar Bill will be passed.
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India Still Trying To Turn Optional Aadhaar Identification Number Into A Mandatory National Identity System
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 22, 2016 last modified Mar 24, 2016 06:34 AM — filed under: , ,
from the sliding-down-the-slippery-slope-to-disaster dept
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‘By weakening our security, govt is putting us at risk of espionage’
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 27, 2015 last modified Oct 02, 2015 03:09 AM — filed under: , ,
After the BlackBerry encryption and IT Act fiascos of recent years, the government last week sent yet another cyber policy howler, the Draft National Encryption Policy, only to withdraw it in the face of severe protests. S. Raghotham and Mayukh Mukherjee spoke with Pranesh Prakash, policy director, Centre for Internet & Society, on the government’s continued misadventures with data privacy and encryption.
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Blog Entry Contestations of Data, ECJ Safe Harbor Ruling and Lessons for India
by Jyoti Panday published Oct 14, 2015 — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
The European Court of Justice has invalidated a European Commission decision, which had previously concluded that the 'Safe Harbour Privacy Principles' provide adequate protections for European citizens’ privacy rights for the transfer of personal data between European Union and United States. The inadequacies of the framework is not news for the European Commission and action by ECJ has been a long time coming. The ruling raises important questions about how the claims of citizenship are being negotiated in the context of the internet, and how increasingly the contestations of personal data are being employed in the discourse.
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