Centre for Internet & Society

Rethinking National Privacy Principles: Evaluating Principles for India's Proposed Data Protection Law

by Amber Sinha

This report is intended to be the first part in a series of white papers that CIS will publish which seeks to contribute to the discussions around the enactment of a privacy legislation in India. In subsequent pieces we will focus on subjects such as regulatory framework to implement, supervise and enforce privacy principles, and principles to regulate surveillance in India under a privacy law.

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CIS Statement on Right to Privacy Judgment

by Amber Sinha

In an emphatic endorsement of the right to privacy, a nine judge constitutional bench unanimously upheld a fundamental right to privacy. The events leading to this bench began during the hearings in the ongoing Aadhaar case, when in August 2015, Mukul Rohatgi, the then Attorney General stated that there is no constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.

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Aadhar: Privacy is not a unidimensional concept

by Amber Sinha

Right to privacy is important not only for our negotiations with the information age but also to counter the transgressions of a welfare state. A robust right to privacy is essential for all Indian citizens to defend their individual autonomy in the face of invasive state actions purportedly for the public good.

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Infographic: The Impending Right to Privacy Judgment

by Amber Sinha and Pooja Saxena

The ruling will be important not just for the immediate Aadhaar case but also numerous other matters to do with state intrusions, decisional autonomy and informational privacy.

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Here’s why we need a lot more discussion on India’s new DNA Profiling Bill

by Elonnai Hickok

The DNA Profiling Bill 2017 is still missing a number of safeguards that would enable individual rights. The implications of creating regional and national level DNA databanks need to be fully understood and publicly debated.

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High Level Comparison and Analysis of the Use and Regulation of DNA Based Technology Bill 2017

by Elonnai Hickok

This blog post seeks to provide a high level comparison of the 2017 and 2015 DNA Profiling Bill - calling out positive changes, remaining issues, and missing provisions.

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Should an Inability to Precisely Define Privacy Render It Untenable as a Right?

by Amber Sinha

The judges may still be able to articulate the manner in which limits for a right to privacy may be arrived at, without explicitly specifying them.

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Data Protection: Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation

by Aditi Chaturvedi

As recently as May 27, 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation (REGULATION (EU) 2016/679) (hereinafter referred to as GDPR) was adopted. The Data Protection Directive (1995/46/EC) (hereinafter referred to as DPD) will be replaced by this Regulation.

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Cybersecurity Compilation: Indian Context

by Leilah Elmokadem and edited by Elonnai Hickok

This document intends to serve as a comprehensive source compiling all the cyber-security related regulations, policies, guidelines, notifications, executive orders, court rulings, etc.

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Comments from the Centre for Internet and Society on Renewal of .NET Registry Agreement

by Vidushi Marda

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is grateful for the opportunity to comment on the proposed renewal of the .NET Registry Agreement.

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