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Blog Entry When Data Means Privacy, What Traces Are You Leaving Behind?
by Noopur Raval published Jul 18, 2011 last modified Nov 24, 2011 09:24 AM — filed under: ,
How do you know yourself to be different from others? What defines the daily life that you live and the knowledge you produce in the span of this life? Is all that information yours or are you a mere stakeholder on behalf of the State whose subject you are? What does privacy really mean? In a society that is increasingly relying on information to identify people, collecting and archiving ‘personal’ details of your lives, your name, age, passport details, ration card number, call records etc, how private is your tweet, status update, text message or simply, your restaurant bill?
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Blog Entry Privacy & Media Law
by Sonal Makhija published Jul 19, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:26 AM — filed under: ,
In her research, Sonal Makhija, a Bangalore-based lawyer, tries to delineate the emerging privacy concerns in India and the existing media norms and guidelines on the right to privacy. The research examines the existing media norms (governed by Press Council of India, the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the Code of Ethics drafted by the News Broadcasting Standard Authority), the constitutional protection guaranteed to an individual’s right to privacy upheld by the courts, and the reasons the State employs to justify the invasion of privacy. The paper further records, both domestic and international, inclusions and exceptions with respect to the infringement of privacy.
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Blog Entry Right to Privacy Bill 2010 — A Few Comments
by Elonnai Hickok published Jul 20, 2011 last modified Mar 22, 2012 06:26 AM — filed under: ,
Earlier this year, in February 2011, Rajeev Chandrasekhar introduced the Right to Privacy Bill, 2010 in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill is meant to “provide protection to the privacy of persons including those who are in public life”. Though the Bill states that its objective is to protect individuals’ fundamental right to privacy, the focus of the Bill is on the protection against the use of electronic/digital recording devices in public spaces without consent and for the purpose of blackmail or commercial use.
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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: Operational Design
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 16, 2011 last modified Feb 17, 2011 10:02 AM — filed under:
The objective of the UID project is to provide identity infrastructure that is not susceptible to fraud or error. This note highlights parts of the operational design of the project, which are flawed. We plead that each point be taken into consideration and that the design be suitably revised.
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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: UID Budget
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 16, 2011 last modified Feb 17, 2011 11:18 AM — filed under:
This note presents the aspects of the UID project, which have not been considered or incorporated into the UID’s budget. The costs include re-enrollment, loss in human time, and the cost of the audit function.
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Open Letter to the Finance Committe: Biometrics
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 16, 2011 last modified Feb 17, 2011 01:12 PM — filed under:
This note points out the weaknesses inherent in biometrics and the pitfalls in using them. It recommends procedural safeguards that should be adopted by the UID in order to make the use of biometrics more secure and inclusive.
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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: Finance and Security
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 10, 2011 last modified Feb 17, 2011 11:57 AM — filed under:
This note explores the three connections between finance and security and demonstrates the cost implications of operating a centrally designed identity management system as proposed by the UID. In doing so, it shows how the monitoring, storing, and securing of transactional data in a centralized database fall short of meeting the project's objectives of authentication, and thus is an additional cost. Further, it is argued that the blanket monitoring of the transaction database is not an effective method of detecting fraud, and is an expensive component of the project.
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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: UID and Transactions
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 17, 2011 last modified Feb 24, 2011 01:35 PM — filed under:
Since official documentation from the UIDAI is very limited, we assume that data pertaining to transactions would comprise of the Aadhaar number, identifier of the authenticating device, date-time stamp, and approval/rejection/error code. Recording and maintaining of data pertaining to transactions is very important because it increases transparency and accountability through an audit trail. However, storage of such sensitive data creates many privacy risks, because more often than not metadata gives you as much intelligence as raw data.
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'Privacy Matters', Ahmedabad: Conference Report
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 31, 2011 last modified Apr 04, 2011 04:45 AM — filed under: ,
On 26 March 2011, civil society, lawyers, judges, students and NGO’s, gathered together at the Ahmedabad Management Association to take part in 'Privacy Matters' – a public conference organised by Privacy India in partnership with IDRC and Research Foundation for Governance in India (RFGI) — to discuss the challenges of privacy in India, with an emphasis on national security and privacy. The conference was opened by Prashant Iyengar, head researcher at Privacy India and Kanan Drhu, director of RFGI. Mr. Iyengar explained Privacy India’s mandate to raise awareness of privacy, spark civil action, and promote democratic dialogue around privacy challenges and violations in India. RFGI is a think tank established in 2009 which aims to research, promote, and implement various reforms to improve the legal and political process in Gujarat and across India. ‘Privacy Matters – Ahmedabad’ is the third conference out of the eight that Privacy India will be hosting across India. The next conference will take place in Hyderabad on 9 April 2011. It will focus on human rights and privacy.
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Blog Entry Privacy and the Information Technology Act — Do we have the Safeguards for Electronic Privacy?
by Prashant Iyengar published Apr 07, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:29 AM — filed under: ,
How do the provisions of the Information Technology Act measure up to the challenges of privacy infringement? Does it provide an adequate and useful safeguard for our electronic privacy? Prashant Iyengar gives a comprehensive analysis on whether and how the Act fulfils the challenges and needs through a series of FAQs while drawing upon real life examples.
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