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Govt to keep Aadhaar record for 7 years, activists worried
The government will keep for seven years a record of all the services and benefits availed using the Aadhaar number, say new rules, prompting fears that the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 17, 2016 01:53 AM — Filed under: , , ,
UN Human Rights Council urged to protect human rights online
63 civil society groups urged the UN Human Rights Council to address global challenges to freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights on the ... by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jun 19, 2014 01:28 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
WSIS+10 High Level Event: A Bird's Eye Report
The WSIS+10 High Level was organised by the ITU and collaborative UN entities on June 9-13, 2014. It aimed to evaluate the progress on implementation of WSIS ... by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jun 20, 2014 03:57 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Paranoid about state surveillance? Here’s the FD Guide to living in the age of snoops
The US does it, so does China. Ever since Edward Snowden’s revelations back in 2013, which exposed the extent of the US’s global surveillance apparatus, the ... by Admin last modified Dec 16, 2017 01:38 PM — Filed under: ,
Workshop on 'Urban Data, Inequality and Justice in the Global South'
Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon presented our research on video-based surveillance in New Delhi at a workshop on urban data, inequality, and justice in the ... by Admin last modified Jul 06, 2019 01:30 AM — Filed under: , ,
Free Speech and Surveillance
Gautam Bhatia examines the constitutionality of surveillance by the Indian state. by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jul 07, 2014 04:59 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Why Data Localisation Might Lead To Unchecked Surveillance
In recent times, there has been a rash of policies and regulations that propose that the data that Indian entities handle be physically stored on servers in ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Oct 16, 2018 02:08 PM — Filed under: , ,
The Fight for Digital Sovereignty
It is time to incorporate free software principles to address the issue of privacy. Thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden, a former contractor to the ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Oct 25, 2013 07:29 AM — Filed under: ,
Surveillance and the Indian Constitution - Part 2: Gobind and the Compelling State Interest Test
Gautam Bhatia analyses the first case in which the Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to privacy, Gobind v. State of Madhya Pradesh, and argues ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jan 27, 2014 06:03 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Dear Milind Deora, Prakash Javadekar Deserved The Truth
Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communications, Information Technology and Shipping, isn’t your typical politician. by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 05, 2013 10:38 AM — Filed under: , ,
Privacy and Surveillance in India
Sunil Abraham, Executive Director from the Centre for Internet and Society will give a talk on privacy and surveillance in India at this event organised by the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 13, 2013 09:49 AM — Filed under: , ,
Targeting surveillance
In the fall of 2005, Scotland Yard raided a flat in west London and arrested a suspected al-Qaeda militant known by a teasing Arabic nickname, Irhabi ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 30, 2014 02:10 PM — Filed under: , ,
Surveillance: Privacy Vs Security
The Foundation for Media Professionals is organizing a debate at the India International Centre, New Delhi on August 17, 2013. Shri Kapil Sibal will give the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 19, 2013 05:32 AM — Filed under: , ,
Big Democracy, Big Surveillance: India's Surveillance State
In India, surveillance is on the rise by the state to tackle crime and terrorism, and private companies are eager to meet the demand. by Maria Xynou last modified Feb 28, 2014 10:35 AM — Filed under: ,
CIS Supports the UN Resolution on “The Right to Privacy in the Digital age”.
The United Nations adopted the resolution on the right to privacy recently. It recognised privacy as a human right, integral to the right to free expression, ... by Elonnai Hickok last modified Nov 30, 2013 07:25 AM — Filed under: , ,
Misuse of Surveillance Powers in India (Case 1)
In this series of blog posts, Pranesh Prakash looks at a brief history of misuse of surveillance powers in India. He notes that the government's surveillance ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 06, 2013 09:37 AM — Filed under: ,
Surveillance and the Indian Constitution - Part 3: The Public/Private Distinction and the Supreme Court’s Wrong Turn
After its decision in Gobind, the Supreme Court's privacy floodgates opened; a series of claims involving private parties came before its docket, and the ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Mar 06, 2014 11:02 PM — Filed under: , ,
Surveillance Stories: Optimizing rights and governance
Sunil Abraham gave a talk at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore on October 16, 2018. Sunil used a ... by Admin last modified Oct 31, 2018 01:39 AM — Filed under: , ,
Regulating the Internet: The Government of India & Standards Development at the IETF
The institution of open standards has been described as a formidable regulatory regime governing the Internet. Given the regulatory and domestic policy ... by Aayush Rathi, Gurshabad Grover and Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 22, 2019 07:29 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Critics of India's ID card project say they have been harassed, put under surveillance
Researchers and journalists who have identified loopholes in India’s massive national identity card project have said they have been slapped with criminal ... by Admin last modified Feb 24, 2018 07:50 AM — Filed under: ,
CIS Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Speech and Expression: Surveillance Industry and Human Rights
CIS responded to the call for submissions from the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Speech and Expression. The submission was on the Surveillance Industry ... by Elonnai Hickok, Arindrajit Basu, Gurshabad Grover, Akriti Bopanna, Shweta Mohandas, Martyna Kalvaityte last modified Feb 20, 2019 10:48 AM — Filed under: , ,
Surveillance and the Indian Constitution - Part 1: Foundations
In this insightful seven-part series, Gautam Bhatia looks at surveillance and the right to privacy in India from a constitutional perspective, tracing its ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jan 23, 2014 03:12 PM — Filed under: , , ,
New Document on India's Central Monitoring System (CMS) - 2
by Maria Xynou last modified Jan 30, 2014 12:40 PM — Filed under: , ,
UAS License Agreement Amendment regarding the Central Monitoring System (CMS)
by Maria Xynou last modified Jan 30, 2014 12:43 PM — Filed under: , ,
FOEX Live: June 1-7, 2014
A weekly selection of news on online freedom of expression and digital technology from across India (and some parts of the world). by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jun 07, 2014 01:33 PM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Response to the Pegasus Questionnaire issued by the SC Technical Committee
On March 25, 2022, the Supreme Court appointed Technical Committee constituted to examine the allegations of alleged unauthorised surveillance using the ... by Anamika Kundu, Digvijay, Arindrajit Basu, Shweta Mohandas and Pallavi Bedi last modified Apr 13, 2022 02:45 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Models for Surveillance and Interception of Communications Worldwide
This is an evaluation of laws and practices governing surveillance and interception of communications in 9 countries. The countries evaluated represent a ... by Bedavyasa Mohanty last modified Jul 10, 2014 07:50 AM — Filed under: , ,
Indian surveillance laws & practices far worse than US
Explosive would be just the word to describe the revelations by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jul 12, 2013 11:09 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Transparency in Surveillance
Transparency is an essential need for any democracy to function effectively. It may not be the only requirement for the effective functioning of a democracy, ... by Vipul Kharbanda last modified Jan 23, 2016 03:11 PM — Filed under: , ,