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Blog Entry Right to Privacy in Peril
by Vipul Kharbanda published Aug 13, 2015 — filed under: ,
It seems to have become quite a fad, especially amongst journalists, to use this headline and claim that the right to privacy which we consider so inherent to our being, is under attack. However, when I use this heading in this piece I am not referring to the rampant illegal surveillance being done by the government, or the widely reported recent raids on consenting (unmarried) adults who were staying in hotel rooms in Mumbai. I am talking about the fact that the Supreme Court of India has deemed it fit to refer the question of the very existence of a fundamental right to privacy to a Constitution Bench to finally decide the matter, and define the contours of such right if it does exist.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Security: Privacy, Transparency and Technology
by Sunil Abraham published Aug 19, 2015 last modified Sep 15, 2015 10:53 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has been involved in privacy and data protection research for the last five years. It has participated as a member of the Justice A.P. Shah Committee, which has influenced the draft Privacy Bill being authored by the Department of Personnel and Training. It has organised 11 multistakeholder roundtables across India over the last two years to discuss a shadow Privacy Bill drafted by CIS with the participation of privacy commissioners and data protection authorities from Europe and Canada.
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RTI on Officials and Agencies Authorized to Intercept Telephone Messages in India
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 15, 2013 — filed under: ,
In an RTI mailed on April 17, 2013, the Centre for Internet and Society sought comprehensive information on the officials and agencies authorized to intercept telephone messages in India.
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India's centralised snooping system facing big delays
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 15, 2013 — filed under: ,
Central Monitoring System lacks algorithms, database and data.
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India’s Central Monitoring System: Security can’t come at cost of privacy
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 15, 2013 — filed under: , ,
During a Google hangout session in June this year, Milind Deora, minister of state for communications and information technology, addressed concerns related to the central monitoring system (CMS).
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Blog Entry The DNA Profiling Bill 2007 and Privacy
by Elonnai Hickok published Apr 25, 2011 last modified Mar 21, 2012 09:40 AM — filed under: ,
In 2007 a bill known as the Draft DNA Profiling Bill was piloted by the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, an autonomous organization funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The below is a background to DNA collection/analysis in India, and a critique of the Bill a from a privacy perspective.
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Understanding Aadhaar and its New Challenges, May 26-27, 2016
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 26, 2016 last modified May 26, 2016 10:29 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
A workshop on “Understanding Aadhaar and its New Challenges” is being organised by the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Centre for Internet and Society, during May 26-27. It is also supported by the Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi, Free Software Movement of India, Knowledge Commons, PEACE, and Center for Advancement of Public Understanding of Science & Technology. This is a legal and technical workshop to be attended by various key researchers and practitioners to discuss the current status of the implementation of the project, in the context of the passing of the Act and the various ongoing cases.
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Blog Entry RBI Consultation Paper on P2P Lending: Data Security and Privacy Concerns
by Vipul Kharbanda published May 31, 2016 last modified Jun 01, 2016 11:41 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
On April 28, 2016 the Reserve Bank of India published a consultation paper on P2P Lending and invited comments from the public on the same. The Paper discusses what P2P lending is, the various regulatory practices that govern P2P lending in different jurisdictions and lists our arguments for and against regulating P2P lending platforms.
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Blog Entry Comments on the RBI's Consultation Paper on Peer to Peer Lending
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Jun 01, 2016 last modified Jun 01, 2016 08:21 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
The Reserve Bank of India published a Consultation Paper on Peer to Peer Lending on April 28, 2016, and invited comments from the public. CIS submitted the following response, authored by Elonnai Hickok, Pavishka Mittal, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Vidushi Marda, and Vipul Kharbanda.
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Blog Entry Criminal Defamation and the Supreme Court’s Loss of Reputation
by Bhairav Acharya published Jun 03, 2016 — filed under: ,
The Supreme Court’s refusal, in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India, to strike down the anachronistic colonial offence of criminal defamation is wrong. Criminalising defamation serves no legitimate public purpose; the vehicle of criminalisation – sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) – is unconstitutional; and the court’s reasoning is woolly at best.
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