Privacy Blog

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An analysis of privacy in the context of India

Should Ratan Tata be Afforded the Right to Privacy?

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 08, 2010 07:35 AM |

The Ratan Tata case has raised many important questions pertaining to privacy. This note looks at a few of those questions, and the debate that centers around them.

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UID Meeting in Bangalore – A Report

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Dec 07, 2010 09:40 AM |
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On 23 November 2010 a public meeting was held for the UID in Bangalore. The speakers included B.K Chandrashekar, former Chairman of the Karnataka Legislature Council, Mr. Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary to Government of e-commerce, Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of Centre for Internet and Society, Jude D’Souza, Technology Specialist and Mathew Thomas, Retired Army Officer.

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Public Statement to Final Draft of UID Bill

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 07, 2010 07:50 AM |

The final draft of the UID Bill that will be submitted to the Lok Sabha was made public on 8 November 2010. If the Bill is approved by Parliament, it will become a legal legislation in India. The following note contains Civil Society's response to the final draft of the Bill.

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Consumer Privacy - How to Enforce an Effective Protective Regime?

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 07:15 PM |
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In a typical sense, when people think of themselves as consumers, they just think about what they purchase, how they purchase and how they use their purchase. But while doing this exercise we are always exchanging personally identifiable information, and thus our privacy is always at risk. In this blog post, Elonnai Hickok and Prashant Iyengar through a series of questions look through the whole concept of consumer privacy at the national and international levels. By placing a special emphasis on Indian context, this post details the potential avenues of consumer privacy in India and states the important elements that should be kept in mind when trying to find at an effective protective regime for consumer privacy.

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Privacy and Telecommunications: Do We Have the Safeguards?

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 02:10 PM |

All of you often come across unsolicited and annoying telemarketing calls/ SMS's, prank calls, pestering calls for payment, etc. Do we have any safeguards against them? This blog post takes a look at the various rules and regulations under Indian law to guard our privacy and confidentiality.

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Privacy and Banking: Do Indian Banking Standards Provide Enough Privacy Protection?

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 01:40 PM |

Banking is one of the most risky sectors as far as privacy is concerned due to the highly sensitive and personal nature of information which is often exchanged, recorded and retained. Although India has RBI guidelines and legislations to protect data, this blog post looks at the extent of those protections, and what are the areas that still need to be addressed.

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C.I.S Responds to Privacy Approach Paper

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 11:55 AM |

A group of officers was created to develop a framework for a privacy legislation that would balance the need for privacy protection, security, sectoral interests, and respond to the domain legislation on the subject. Shri Rahul Matthan of Tri Legal Services prepared an approach paper for the legal framework for a proposed legislation on privacy. The approach paper is now being circulated for seeking opinions of the group of officers and is also being placed on the website of the Department of Personnel and Training for seeking public views on the subject. The Privacy India team at C.I.S responded to the approach paper and has called for the need for a more detailed study of statutory enforcement models and mechanisms in the creation of a privacy legislation.

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American Bar Association Online Privacy Conference: A Report

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 09:10 AM |
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On 10 November 2010, I attended an American Bar Association online conference on 'Regulating Privacy Across Borders in the Digital Age: An Emerging Global Consensus or Vive la Difference'. The panalists addressed many important global privacy challenges and spoke about the changes the EU directive is looking to take.

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Privacy, Free/Open Source, and the Cloud

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 07:35 AM |

A look into the questions that arise in concern to privacy and cloud computing, and how open source plays into the picture.

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Cybercrime and Privacy

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Aug 31, 2010 11:55 AM |
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Elonnai Hickok examines privacy in the context of India’s legal provisions on cybercrime. She picks up the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act as amended in 2008 dealing with cyber crimes and provides a fair analysis of the pros and cons of the amended Act.

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Privacy and the Indian Copyright Act

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Aug 28, 2010 05:45 AM |

India's Copyright Act was established in 1957, and is in the process of being placed before the Parliament in 2010. The provisions in the proposed Bill will work to make the Act WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) compliant. When looking at privacy in the context of copyright four key questions arise, says Elonnai Hickock as she analyses privacy in the context of the Indian Copyright Act.

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