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by Sumandro Chattapadhyay last modified Mar 30, 2016 11:09 AM

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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How Aadhaar compromises privacy? And how to fix it?

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Apr 01, 2017 07:00 AM

Aadhaar is mass surveillance technology. Unlike targeted surveillance which is a good thing, and essential for national security and public order – mass surveillance undermines security. And while biometrics is appropriate for targeted surveillance by the state – it is wholly inappropriate for everyday transactions between the state and law abiding citizens.

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Benefits, Harms, Rights and Regulation: A Survey of Literature on Big Data

by Amber Sinha, Vanya Rakesh, Vidushi Marda and Geethanjali Jujjavarapu — last modified Mar 23, 2017 02:17 AM
March 23, 2017

This survey draws upon a range of literature including news articles, academic articles, and presentations and seeks to disaggregate the potential benefits and harms of big data, organising them into several broad categories that reflect the existing scholarly literature. The survey also recognises the non-technical big data regulatory options which are in place as well as those which have been proposed by various governments, civil society groups and academics.

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Comments on Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules, 2017

by Amber Sinha — last modified Mar 23, 2017 01:54 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society submitted comments on the Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules, 2017. The comments were prepared by Udbhav Tiwari, Pranesh Prakash, Abhay Rana, Amber Sinha and Sunil Abraham.

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Can the Judiciary Upturn the Lok Sabha Speaker’s Decision on Aadhaar?

Can the Judiciary Upturn the Lok Sabha Speaker’s Decision on Aadhaar?

by Amber Sinha — last modified Feb 27, 2017 03:44 PM
February 27, 2017

When ruling on the petition filed by Jairam Ramesh challenging passing the Aadhaar Act as a money Bill, the court has differing precedents to look at.

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Privacy Gaps in India's Digital India Project

by Anisha Gupta and Edited by Amber Sinha — last modified Feb 21, 2017 01:55 AM
February 21, 2017

This paper seeks to assess the privacy protections under 15 e-governance schemes: Soil Health Card, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), Project Panchdeep, U-Dise, Electronic Health Records, NHRM Smart Card, MyGov, eDistricts, Mobile Seva, Digi Locker, eSign framework for Aadhaar, Passport Seva, PayGov, National Land Records Modernization Programme (NLRMP), and Aadhaar.

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Mapping MAG: A study in Institutional Isomorphism

by Jyoti Panday — last modified Mar 03, 2017 12:59 AM
February 19, 2017

The paper is an update to a shorter piece of MAG analysis that had been conducted in July 2015. At that time our analysis was limited by the MAG membership data that was made available by the Secretariat. Subsequently we wrote to the Secretariat and this paper is based on the data shared by them including for the years for which membership details were previously not available.

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Big Data in Governance in India: Case Studies

by Amber Sinha, Vanya Rakesh and Vidushi Marda and Edited by Elonnai Hickok, Sumandro Chattapadhyay and Sunil Abraham — last modified Feb 26, 2017 04:24 PM
February 19, 2017

This research seeks to understand the most effective way of researching Big Data in the Global South. Towards this goal, the research planned for the development of a Global South big data Research Network that identifies the potential opportunities and harms of big data in the Global South and possible policy solutions and interventions.

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