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Forget privacy, Aadhaar Bill gives too much power to the executive
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 17, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The government promotes the Aadhaar programme because it believes the 12-digit unique identification number will let them track every penny spent from the exchequer. But money is not all that the Aadhaar number can track.
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India's billion-member biometric database raises privacy fears
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 17, 2016 — filed under: , ,
India's parliament is set to pass legislation that gives federal agencies access to the world's biggest biometric database in the interests of national security, raising fears the privacy of a billion people could be compromised.
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Blog Entry Privacy Concerns Overshadow Monetary Benefits of Aadhaar Scheme
by Pranesh Prakash and Amber Sinha published Mar 17, 2016 last modified Mar 17, 2016 04:12 PM — filed under: , ,
Since its inception in 2009, the Aadhaar system has been shrouded in controversy over issues of privacy, security and viability. It has been implemented without a legislative mandate and has resulted in a PIL in the Supreme Court, which referred it to a Constitution bench. On Friday, it kicked up more dust when the Lok Sabha passed a Bill to give statutory backing to the unique identity number scheme.
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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 Salient Points in the Aadhaar Bill and Concerns
by Amber Sinha and Elonnai Hickok published Mar 21, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
Since the release of the Aadhaar Bill, the Centre for Internet and Society has been writing a number of posts analyzing the Bill and calling out problematic areas and the implications of the same. This post is meant to contribute to this growing body of writing and call out our major concerns with the Bill.
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Blog Entry Aadhaar Bill 2016 Evaluated against the National Privacy Principles
by Pooja Saxena and Amber Sinha published Mar 21, 2016 — filed under: , , , , , , ,
In this infographic, we evaluate the privacy provisions of the Aadhaar Bill 2016 against the national privacy principles developed by the Group of Experts on Privacy led by the Former Chief Justice A.P. Shah in 2012. The infographic is based on Vipul Kharbanda’s article 'Analysis of Aadhaar Act in the Context of A.P. Shah Committee Principles,' and is designed by Pooja Saxena, with inputs from Amber Sinha.
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In India, Biometric Data Storage Sparks Demands for Privacy Laws
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 23, 2016 — filed under: , ,
In India, calls for strict privacy laws are growing after this week's passage of a measure that allows federal agencies access to biometric data of the nation's citizens, the world's largest such repository.
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Seven reasons why Parliament should debate the Aadhaar bill (and not pass it in a rush)
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 24, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Critics say the Aadhaar Bill does not address concerns over privacy, even as government is rushing the Bill without adequate parliamentary scrutiny.
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Making Aadhaar Mandatory: Gamechanger For Governance?
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 24, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Why a programme that both the Congress and the BJP have hailed as transformational has divided Parliament this week? The Aadhaar Bill which was passed this week aims at facilitating government benefits and subsidies to citizens said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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Aadhaar data of over 89 lakh MNREGA workers in Andhra Pradesh leaked online
by Admin published Apr 27, 2018 last modified May 05, 2018 08:43 AM — filed under: , ,
Independent security researcher Kodali Srinivas tweeted screenshots of Aadhaar data of 89,38,138 MNREGA workers available on the Andhra Pradesh Benefit Disbursement Portal.
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