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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 Adoption of Standards in Smart Cities - Way Forward for India
by Vanya Rakesh published Mar 19, 2016 last modified Apr 11, 2016 03:04 AM — filed under: , , , ,
With a paradigm shift towards the concept of “Smart Cities’ globally, as well as India, such cities have been defined by several international standardization bodies and countries, however, there is no uniform definition adopted globally. The glue that allows infrastructures to link and operate efficiently is standards as they make technologies interoperable and efficient.
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Blog Entry Analysis of Aadhaar Act in the Context of A.P. Shah Committee Principles
by Vipul Kharbanda published Mar 17, 2016 last modified Mar 17, 2016 07:43 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
Whilst there are a number of controversies relating to the Aadhaar Act including the fact that it was introduced in a manner so as to circumvent the majority of the opposition in the upper house of the Parliament and that it was rushed through the Lok Sabha in a mere eight days, in this paper we shall discuss the substantial aspects of the Act in relation to privacy concerns which have been raised by a number of experts. In October 2012, the Group of Experts on Privacy constituted by the Planning Commission under the chairmanship of Justice AP Shah Committee submitted its report which listed nine principles of privacy which all legislations, especially those dealing with personal should adhere to. In this paper, we shall discuss how the Aadhaar Act fares vis-à-vis these nine principles.
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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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Blog Entry Press Release, March 15, 2016: The New Bill Makes Aadhaar Compulsory!
by Amber Sinha published Mar 16, 2016 — filed under: , , , , , ,
We published and circulated the following press release on March 15, 2016, to highlight the fact that the Section 7 of the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 states that authentication of the person using her/his Aadhaar number can be made mandatory for the purpose of disbursement of government subsidies, benefits, and services; and in case the person does not have an Aadhaar number, s/he will have to apply for Aadhaar enrolment.
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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 An Urgent Need for the Right to Privacy
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Mar 16, 2016 last modified Mar 17, 2016 07:40 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Along with a group of individuals and organisations from academia and civil society, we have drafted and are signatories to an open letter addressed to the Union government and urging the same to "urgently take steps to uphold the constitutional basis to the right to privacy and fulfil it’s constitutional and international obligations." Here we publish the text of the open letter. Please follow the link below to support it by joining the signatories.
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Blog Entry Aadhaar Bill 2016 & NIAI Bill 2010 - Comparing the Texts
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Mar 09, 2016 last modified Mar 09, 2016 11:25 AM — filed under: , , ,
This is a quick comparison of the texts of the Aadhaar Bill 2016 and the National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010. The new sections in the former are highlighed, and the deleted sections (that were part of the latter) are struck out.
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Blog Entry Sean McDonald - Ebola: A Big Data Disaster
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Mar 01, 2016 last modified Apr 21, 2016 09:57 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
We are proud to initiate the CIS Papers series with a fascinating exploration of humanitarian use of big data and its discontents by Sean McDonald, FrontlineSMS, in the context of utilisation of Call Detail Records for public health response during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. The paper highlights the absence of a dialogue around the significant legal risks posed by the collection, use, and international transfer of personally identifiable data and humanitarian information, and the grey areas around assumptions of public good. The paper calls for a critical discussion around the experimental nature of data modeling in emergency response due to mismanagement of information has been largely emphasized to protect the contours of human rights.
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Blog Entry Database on Big Data and Smart Cities International Standards
by Vanya Rakesh published Feb 11, 2016 — filed under: ,
The Centre for Internet and Society is in the process of mapping international standards specifically around Big Data, IoT and Smart Cities. Here is a living document containing a database of some of these key globally accepted standards.
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