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Aadhaar Case: Beyond Privacy, An Issue of Bodily Integrity

by Amber Sinha and Aradhya Sethia — last modified May 03, 2017 04:02 PM

The insertion of Section 139AA in the Income Tax Act has been challenged and is being heard by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court.

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Comments on the Statistical Disclosure Control Report

by Srinivs Kodali and Amber Sinha — last modified May 02, 2017 03:55 AM

This submission presents comments by the Centre for Internet and Society, India (“CIS”) on the ​Statistical Disclosure Control Report published on March 30th by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

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(Updated) Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof): A documentation of public availability of Aadhaar Numbers with sensitive personal financial information

by Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali — last modified May 17, 2017 06:20 AM

Since its inception in 2009, the Aadhaar project has been shrouded in controversy due to various questions raised about privacy, technological issues, welfare exclusion, and security concerns. In this study, we document numerous instances of publicly available Aadhaar Numbers along with other personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals on government websites. This report highlights four government projects run by various government departments that have made sensitive personal financial information and Aadhaar numbers public on the project websites.

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Internet Shutdowns in 2016

by Japreet Grewal — last modified Apr 28, 2017 01:50 PM
April 27, 2017

An internet shutdown is an intentional disruption of internet or electronic communications, rendering them inaccessible or effectively unusable, for a specific population or within a location, often to exert control over the flow of information.

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Regulating Bitcoin in India

by Vipul Kharbanda — last modified Apr 20, 2017 01:17 PM

The article discusses the possible contours of future bitcoin regulation in India. Bitcoin, often considered a ‘notorious’ virtual currency limited only to techies or speculators, is currently fighting a battle to become a bona fide mainstream means of exchange.

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Brainstorming Session on the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS 2017)

by Japreet Grewal — last modified Apr 14, 2017 04:43 PM
April 14, 2017

I attended a brainstorming session on the Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 on April 12, 2017 at Electronics Niketan that was organised by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. The Global Conference on Cyber Space was first held in London in 2011. Thereafter, it was held in Budapest (2012), Seoul (2013) and the Hague (2015).

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Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Privacy in the Age of Big Data

by Amber Sinha — last modified Apr 11, 2017 02:43 PM

Personal data is freely accessible, shared and even sold, and those to whom this information belongs have little control over its flow.

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Right to be Forgotten: A Tale of Two Judgements

by Amber Sinha — last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:27 AM

In the last few months, there have been contrasting judgments from two Indian high courts, Karnataka and Gujarat, on matters relating to the right to be forgotten. The two high courts heard pleas on issues to do the right of individuals to have either personal information redacted from the text of judgments available online or removal of such judgment from publically available sources.

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Aadhaar marks a fundamental shift in citizen-state relations: From ‘We the People’ to ‘We the Government’

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Apr 04, 2017 04:10 PM

Your fingerprints, iris scans, details of where you shop. Compulsory Aadhaar means all this data is out there. And it’s still not clear who can view or use it.

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Analysis of Key Provisions of the Aadhaar Act Regulations

by Amber Sinha — last modified Apr 03, 2017 02:05 PM

In exercise of their powers under of the powers conferred by Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, (Aadhaar Act) the UIDAI has come out with a set of five regulations in late 2016 last year. In this policy brief, we look at the five regulations, their key provisions and highlight point out the unresolved, issues, unaddressed, and created issues as result of these regulations.

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