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

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:07 AM
November 22, 2010

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

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:08 AM
November 22, 2010

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

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:08 AM
November 22, 2010

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 Concerns in Whole Body Imaging: A Few Questions

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:09 AM
November 17, 2010

Security versus Privacy...it is a question that the world is facing today when it comes to using the Whole Body Imaging technology to screen a traveller visually in airports and other places. By giving real life examples from different parts of the world Elonnai Hickok points out that even if the Government of India eventually decides to advocate the tight security measures with some restrictions then such measures need to balanced against concerns raised for personal freedom. She further argues that privacy is not just data protection but something which must be viewed holistically and contextually when assessing new policies.

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Privacy, Free/Open Source, and the Cloud

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 22, 2012 05:50 AM
October 11, 2010

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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Moldova Online: An Interview with Victor Diaconu

by Sudha Rajagopalan — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:10 AM
September 09, 2010

In this interview for Russian Cyberspace, set up with the help of Sunil Abraham (Executive Director at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India), computer software professional Victor Diaconu explains the nature of Internet use, state control and the development of blogging and social media platforms in Moldova. Victor works at Computaris in Chisinau. He is Moldova educated, and has travelled to several western countries (including lengthy stays to US, UK) to learn about and understand what there is to be done in Moldova. Sudha Rajagopalan interviewed Victor Diaconu.

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Presentation of the UID project by Ashok Dalwai – A Report

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:09 AM
September 08, 2010

On Tuesday, 7 September 2010, Ashok Dalwai, the Deputy Director General of the Unique Identification of India (UIDAI), gave a lecture at the Indian Institute for Science in Bangalore. Representing the UID Authority, his presentation explained the vision of the project and focused on the challenges involved in demographic and biometric identification, the technology adopted, and the enrolment process. Elonnai Hickok gives a report of his presentation in this blog post.

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Beyond Access as Inclusion

by Anja Kovacs — last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:29 AM

On 13 September, the day before the fifth Internet Governance Forum opens, CIS is coorganising in Vilnius a meeting on Internet governance and human rights. One of the main aims of this meeting is to call attention to the crucial, yet in Internet governance often neglected, indivisibility of rights. In this blog post, Anja Kovacs uses this lens to illustrate how it can broaden as well reinvigorate our understanding of what remains one of the most pressing issues in Internet governance in developing countries to this day: that of access to the Internet.

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Cybercrime and Privacy

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Sep 14, 2010 01:21 PM
August 31, 2010

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

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 06, 2013 01:37 PM
August 27, 2010

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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