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Breeding misinformation in virtual space

Posted by Amber Sinha at Dec 08, 2017 02:24 AM |

A well-informed citizenry and institutions that provide good information are fundamental to a functional democracy.

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Counter Comments on TRAI's Consultation Paper on Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in Telecom Sector

Posted by Amber Sinha at Nov 23, 2017 02:29 PM |

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) has commented on the Consultation Paper on Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in Telecom Sector published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on August 9, 2017.

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Breach Notifications: A Step towards Cyber Security for Consumers and Citizens

Posted by Amelia Andersdotter at Nov 14, 2017 03:38 PM |

Through the Digital India project the Indian government is seeking to establish India as a digital nation at the forefront. Increasingly, this means having good cyber-security policies in place and enabling a prosperous business environment for companies that implement sound cyber-security policies. This paper will look at one such policy, which enables investments in cyber-security for IT products and services through giving consumers a way to hold business owners and public authorities to account when their security fails.

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A Comparison of Legal and Regulatory Approaches to Cyber Security in India and the United Kingdom

Posted by Authored by Divij Joshi and edited by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 12, 2017 07:25 AM |

This report is the first part of a three part series of reports that compares the Indian cyber security framework with that of the U.K, U.S and Singapore.

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Why Presumption of Renewal is Unsuitable for the Current Registry Market Structure

Posted by Padma Venkataraman at Oct 29, 2017 05:55 AM |

With the recent and much protested renewal of the .net legacy Top-Level-Domain (TLD), the question of the appropriate method of renewal has again come to the forefront. While this seems relatively uncontroversial to most, Padma Venkataraman, a law student and intern at CIS looks at presumptive renewal through a critical lens.

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CIS’ Efforts Towards Greater Financial Disclosure by ICANN

Posted by Padma Venkataraman at Oct 29, 2017 01:55 AM |

CIS has been working towards enhancing transparency and accountability at ICANN since 2014. While initial efforts have resulted in ICANN revealing its sources of income in a granular fashion in 2015, we are yet to see this level of transparency become a default approach within ICANN. Here, Padma Venkataraman chronologically maps CIS’ efforts at enhancing financial transparency and accountability at ICANN, while providing an outline of what remains to be done.

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ICANN’s Problems with Accountability and the .WEB Controversy

Posted by Padma Venkataraman at Oct 24, 2017 03:05 AM |

The Post-Transition IANA promised enhanced transparency and accountability to the global multistakeholder community. The series of events surrounding the .WEB auction earlier this year has stirred up issues relating to the lack of transparency and accountability of ICANN. This post examines the .WEB auction as a case study to better understand exact gaps in accountability.

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GDPR and India: A Comparative Analysis

Posted by Aditi Chaturvedi at Oct 17, 2017 10:00 PM |

At present, companies world over are in the process of assessing the impact that EU General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) will have on their businesses.

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Revisiting Per Se vs Rule of Reason in Light of the Intel Conditional Rebate Case

Posted by Shruthi Anand at Oct 04, 2017 01:10 PM |

Recent developments in the European Union (EU) regarding the antitrust case against Intel have brought back into focus two rules of competition law analysis- the per se rule and the rule of reason. In light of the decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the matter, this Note examines the application of the two rules to the case in detail. Additionally, it analyzes the statutory and judicial basis for the rules in the context of the EU and Indian competition law regimes, and concludes by identifying some areas in which these concepts would be relevant.

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The Fundamental Right to Privacy: An Analysis

Posted by Amber Sinha at Sep 27, 2017 01:50 PM |

Last​ ​month’s​ ​judgment​ ​by​ ​the​ ​nine​ ​judge​ ​referral​ ​bench​ ​was​ ​an​ ​emphatic endorsement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​the​ ​constitutional​ ​right​ ​to​ ​privacy.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​a​ ​547​ ​page judgment,​ ​the​ ​bench​ ​affirmed​ ​the​ ​fundamental​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​privacy reading​ ​it​ ​into​ ​the​ ​values​ ​of​ ​dignity​ ​and​ ​liberty.​ In the course of a few short papers, we will dissect the various aspects of the right to privacy as put forth by the nine judge constitutional bench in the Puttaswamy matter. The papers will focus on the sources, structure, scope, breadth, and future of privacy. Here are the first three papers, authored by Amber Sinha and edited by Elonnai Hickok.

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Rethinking National Privacy Principles: Evaluating Principles for India's Proposed Data Protection Law

Posted by Amber Sinha at Sep 11, 2017 02:22 AM |

This report is intended to be the first part in a series of white papers that CIS will publish which seeks to contribute to the discussions around the enactment of a privacy legislation in India. In subsequent pieces we will focus on subjects such as regulatory framework to implement, supervise and enforce privacy principles, and principles to regulate surveillance in India under a privacy law.

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MediaNama - #NAMAprivacy: The Future of User Data (Delhi, Sep 6)

MediaNama is hosting a full day conference on "the future of user data in India", on the 6th of September 2017, which is particularly significant given the recent Supreme Court ruling on the fundamental right to privacy, and two government consultations: one at the TRAI, and another at MEITY. This discussion is supported by Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Research Director, will participate as a speaker in the session titled "regulating storage, sharing and transfer of data."

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CIS Statement on Right to Privacy Judgment

Posted by Amber Sinha at Aug 28, 2017 02:25 PM |

In an emphatic endorsement of the right to privacy, a nine judge constitutional bench unanimously upheld a fundamental right to privacy. The events leading to this bench began during the hearings in the ongoing Aadhaar case, when in August 2015, Mukul Rohatgi, the then Attorney General stated that there is no constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.

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Infographic: The Impending Right to Privacy Judgment

Posted by Amber Sinha and Pooja Saxena at Aug 22, 2017 11:50 PM |

The ruling will be important not just for the immediate Aadhaar case but also numerous other matters to do with state intrusions, decisional autonomy and informational privacy.

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Here’s why we need a lot more discussion on India’s new DNA Profiling Bill

Here’s why we need a lot more discussion on India’s new DNA Profiling Bill

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Aug 21, 2017 11:48 PM |

The DNA Profiling Bill 2017 is still missing a number of safeguards that would enable individual rights. The implications of creating regional and national level DNA databanks need to be fully understood and publicly debated.

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Privacy is not a unidimensional concept

Right to privacy is important not only for our negotiations with the information age but also to counter the transgressions of a welfare state. A robust right to privacy is essential for all citizens in India to defend their individual autonomy in the face of invasive state actions purportedly for the public good. The ruling of this nine-judge bench will have far-reaching impact on the extent and scope of rights available to us all.

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High Level Comparison and Analysis of the Use and Regulation of DNA Based Technology Bill 2017

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Aug 04, 2017 02:25 AM |

This blog post seeks to provide a high level comparison of the 2017 and 2015 DNA Profiling Bill - calling out positive changes, remaining issues, and missing provisions.

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Should an Inability to Precisely Define Privacy Render It Untenable as a Right?

Posted by Amber Sinha at Aug 04, 2017 01:49 AM |

The judges may still be able to articulate the manner in which limits for a right to privacy may be arrived at, without explicitly specifying them.

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Aadhar: Privacy is not a unidimensional concept

Posted by Amber Sinha at Jul 23, 2017 01:50 AM |

Right to privacy is important not only for our negotiations with the information age but also to counter the transgressions of a welfare state. A robust right to privacy is essential for all Indian citizens to defend their individual autonomy in the face of invasive state actions purportedly for the public good.

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Data Protection: Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation

Posted by Aditi Chaturvedi at Jul 04, 2017 04:12 PM |

As recently as May 27, 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation (REGULATION (EU) 2016/679) (hereinafter referred to as GDPR) was adopted. The Data Protection Directive (1995/46/EC) (hereinafter referred to as DPD) will be replaced by this Regulation.

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