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Are biometrics hack-proof?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 12, 2017 01:39 AM

There are growing concerns over biometric security in India. We ask the experts if biometrics can really be hacked.

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Why did Nandan Nilekani praise a Twitter troll?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 12, 2017 01:34 AM

As the Supreme Court upholds the linking of ‘Aadhar’ with PAN, questions around ex-UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani praising iSPIRT head Sharad Sharma Twitter troll and ‘Aadhar’s privacy properties will continue to be asked.

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Placements at NUJS: Class of 2017 Scores 100%

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 12, 2017 01:23 AM

The Campus Recruitment Committee of the Class of 2017, NUJS is proud to confirm that NUJS has once again topped the placement tally among the premier national law schools, in terms of number of jobs, for the year 2016-17 with the graduating class having secured offers for all its 78 members who partook in the recruitment process.

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New law to unlock data economy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 12, 2017 01:10 AM

Proposal has been sent to PMO for approval.

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Explore money apps but watch your data

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 08, 2017 12:46 PM

Financial apps may appear to be free but before you install them, read their privacy policies to know what you may be signing away.

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Privacy is culture specific, MNCs hit by Aadhaar, says TRAI chief

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:57 PM

A clutch of petitions filed by those opposing what they call the unchecked use of Aadhaar is currently in the Supreme Court.

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New rules for govt agencies to ensure security of personal data

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:51 PM

The new rules put the onus on government departments and agencies to safeguard personal data or information held by them.

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Aadhaar: Ushering in a Commercialized Era of Surveillance in India

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:45 PM

Since last year, Indian citizens have been required to submit their photograph, iris and fingerprint scans in order to access legal entitlements, benefits, compensation, scholarships, and even nutrition programs. Submitting biometric information is needed for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers, the training and aid of disabled people, and anti-retroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients. Soon police in the Alwar district of Rajasthan will be able to register criminals, and track missing persons through an app that integrates biometric information with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS).

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Centre brings in new safeguards following cases of Aadhaar data leaks on government websites

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 03:41 PM

The Centre has put in new safeguards following a number of cases of Aadhaar data leaks on government websites. All ministries are being asked to encrypt all Aadhaar data and personal financial details. Also, officials are being "sensitised" about legal consequences of data breach. And every government department is to now have one official responsible for Aadhaar data protection.

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Tweets from the afterlife

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 12:46 PM

What happens to the digital legacy that celebrities leave behind after they die. Heena Khandelwal asks if their families must inherit their digital assets or can social media managers stake a claim.

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T20 Germany and Beyond: Digital Economy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 03:25 PM

Elonnai Hickok participated in a round-table discussion organized by GIZ and EPF in Berlin from May 29 to 30, 2017.

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Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 01:43 PM

Elonnai Hickok participated in the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 held in Stockholm from May 15 to 18, 2017. She spoke on the panel "Private sector and civil society collaboration to advance freedom online". The event was organized by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:34 PM

India's biometric state ID system has been leaking citizens’ data for months. When this information surfaced in April 2017, it stoked fears that the system could be used as an instrument of surveillance against Indian residents.

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Fixing Copyright for Education (SCCR34 Side Event)

Fixing Copyright for Education (SCCR34 Side Event)

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:48 AM

This event, hosted by Communia, EIFL, Creative Commons, and PIJIP, provided an overview of legal trends and developments concerning education, and presented the reality of education today. Anubha Sinha was a speaker.

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BBMP faces ire for publishing pourakarmikas' Aadhaar details on website

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 02:27 PM

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has published the Aadhaar details and other personal information of thousands of its pourakarmikas - civic workers who sweep streets and collect waste door-to-door.

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Sharad Sharma Apologises for Trolling Aadhaar Critics; Unmasking Ispirit's Controversial Trolling Program

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2017 01:08 AM

Last weekend I was at Aditi Mittal’s standup comedy show in Mumbai where she made a cheeky remark that stayed with me – “Do you guys know what India’s soft power is today? It is trolling!”

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Open house on information breaches

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:41 AM

On May 26, 2017 at the Has Geek open house participants discussed the state of information security in India the legal and regulatory measures that companies must comply with, and consumers should be aware of. Udbhav Tiwari was a speaker at the event organized by Has Geek in Bengaluru.

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iSpirt's Sharad Sharma: Sorry, I trolled Aadhaar critics

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2017 12:13 AM

Sharad Sharma, the man who is seen as one of the critical backbones of India's digital drive, profusely apologized on Tuesday for anonymously trolling those arguing for better privacy and security standards in Aadhaar.

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Aadhaar Card: One Identity, Multiple Disorders

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2017 12:01 AM

It is still hazy to see the desperation of the union government to imposing the Aadhaar Card mandatory when matters related to Aadhaar Card are already sub judice.

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Sharad Sharma's case shows how rampant troll culture has become under Modi

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:29 PM

Sharad Sharma's case shows how rampant troll culture has become under Modi.

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