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Facebook, Google deny spying access
The CEOs of Facebook and Google on Saturday categorically denied that the US National Security Agency had "direct access" to their company servers for snooping ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 02, 2013 10:18 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Cyber experts suggest using open source software to protect privacy
Big Brother is watching. With the Central Monitoring System (CMS) at home and PRISM from the US, millions of users worldwide have become vulnerable to online ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 03, 2013 04:32 AM — Filed under: ,
In India, Prism-like Surveillance Slips Under the Radar
Prism, the contentious U.S. data-collection surveillance program, has captured the world’s attention ever since whistle-blower Edward Snowden leaked details of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 03, 2013 09:31 AM — Filed under: , ,
Report on CIS' Workshop at the IGF:'An Evidence Based Framework for Intermediary Liability'
An evidence based framework for intermediary liability' was organised to present evidence and discuss ongoing research on the changing definition, function and ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Sep 24, 2014 10:47 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
CIS contributes to ABLI Compendium on Regulation of Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Data in Asia
The Asian Business Law Institute, based in Singapore published a compendium on “Regulation of cross-border transfer of personal data in Asia”. This was part ... by Amber Sinha and Elonnai Hickok last modified Jun 03, 2018 03:10 PM — Filed under: ,
Why NPCI and Facebook need urgent regulatory attention
The world’s oldest networked infrastructure, money, is increasingly dematerialising and fusing with the world’s latest networked infrastructure, the Internet. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jun 12, 2018 02:07 AM — Filed under: , ,
The AI Task Force Report - The first steps towards India’s AI framework
The Task Force on Artificial Intelligence was established by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to leverage AI for economic benefits, and provide policy ... by Elonnai Hickok, Shweta Mohandas and Swaraj Paul Barooah last modified Jun 27, 2018 02:32 PM — Filed under: , ,
Comment by CIS at ACE on Presentation on French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting
The seventh session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Advisory Committee on Enforcement is being held in Geneva on November 30 and December 1, ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 01, 2011 11:59 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , ,
Aadhaar marks a fundamental shift in citizen-state relations: From ‘We the People’ to ‘We the Government’
Your fingerprints, iris scans, details of where you shop. Compulsory Aadhaar means all this data is out there. And it’s still not clear who can view or use it. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Apr 04, 2017 04:10 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Bengaluru cops' twitter handle in ethical storm
The city's privacy activists are among the most strident in trying to prevent the Union government from gaining unprecedented access to citizens' personal ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:38 AM — Filed under: , ,
Privacy, what? Bengaluru police leaks 46,000 phone numbers on Twitter
Bengaluru police made the biggest goof up of all time by releasing private information of people who called 100 to complain since April 2015 and was seemingly ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:57 AM — Filed under: ,
It’s the technology, stupid
Eleven reasons why the Aadhaar is not just non-smart but also insecure. by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 07, 2017 12:53 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Reliance Jio data leaked on website : report
Reliance Jio customer data was leaked on independent website magicapk.com, including details such as names, mobile numbers and email IDs , said a report. by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 10, 2017 02:53 PM — Filed under: , ,
Social Activist Alleges Threat By Police Officer Over Possession of Aadhaar
Social activist Shabnam Hashmi recorded a policeman telling her those without address proof and Aadhaar could be “eliminated”. by Admin last modified Jul 20, 2017 02:31 PM — Filed under: , ,
Should an Inability to Precisely Define Privacy Render It Untenable as a Right?
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. by Amber Sinha last modified Aug 04, 2017 01:49 AM — Filed under: ,
Privacy is not a unidimensional concept
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 ... by Amber Sinha last modified Aug 07, 2017 08:02 AM — Filed under: , , ,
The All India Privacy Symposium: Conference Report
Privacy India, the Centre for Internet and Society and Society in Action Group, with support from the International Development Research Centre, Privacy ... by Natasha Vaz last modified Apr 30, 2012 05:16 AM — Filed under: , ,
Will Only Legal Backing For Aadhaar Suffice?
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 ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 16, 2016 02:31 AM — Filed under: , ,
Press Release, March 11, 2016: The Law cannot Fix what Technology has Broken!
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 ... by Japreet Grewal and Sunil Abraham last modified Mar 16, 2016 10:10 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
List of Recommendations on the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 - Letter Submitted to the Members of Parliament
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 ... by Amber Sinha, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Vanya Rakesh last modified Mar 21, 2016 08:50 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
A scheme in India to help the poor raises privacy concerns
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 ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 17, 2016 03:08 AM — Filed under: , ,
Vulnerabilities in the UIDAI Implementation Not Addressed by the Aadhaar Bill, 2016
In this infographic, we document the various issues in the Aadhaar enrolment process implemented by the UIDAI, and highlight the vulnerabilities that the ... by Pooja Saxena and Amber Sinha last modified Mar 21, 2016 08:33 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , ,
The National Privacy Principles
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. ... by Pooja Saxena and Amber Sinha last modified Mar 21, 2016 09:48 AM — Filed under: ,
Aadhaar: Govt will not compromise on national security
The government is confident that the Aadhaar Bill will be passed. by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 22, 2016 03:51 PM — Filed under: , ,
India Still Trying To Turn Optional Aadhaar Identification Number Into A Mandatory National Identity System
from the sliding-down-the-slippery-slope-to-disaster dept by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 24, 2016 06:34 AM — Filed under: , ,
‘By weakening our security, govt is putting us at risk of espionage’
After the BlackBerry encryption and IT Act fiascos of recent years, the government last week sent yet another cyber policy howler, the Draft National ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 02, 2015 03:09 AM — Filed under: , ,
Contestations of Data, ECJ Safe Harbor Ruling and Lessons for India
The European Court of Justice has invalidated a European Commission decision, which had previously concluded that the 'Safe Harbour Privacy Principles' provide ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Oct 14, 2015 02:40 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
Privacy International's Trip to Asia
In February 2012, the PI team travelled to India, Bangladesh and Hong Kong to meet with our local partners in the region and speak at four conferences they had ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 09:58 AM — Filed under: ,
Supreme Court Order is a Good Start, but is Seeding Necessary?
This blog post seeks to unpack the ‘seeding’ process in the UIDAI scheme, understand the implications of the Supreme Court order on this process, and identify ... by Elonnai Hickok and Rohan George last modified Sep 07, 2015 01:21 PM — Filed under: ,
CIS Comments and Recommendations to the Human DNA Profiling Bill, June 2015
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) submitted a clause-by-clause comments on the Human DNA Profiling Bill that was circulated by the Department of ... by Elonnai Hickok, Vipul Kharbanda and Vanya Rakesh last modified Sep 02, 2015 05:09 PM — Filed under: , ,