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DSCI Information Security Summit 2010 – A Report

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:04 AM
December 07, 2010

On 2 and 3 December 2010, the DSCI Information Security Summit 2010 took place in the Trident Hotel, Chennai. The two day summit included a broad spectrum of speakers/panels and topics, ranging from Securing Data & Systems to how to leverage the Cloud. The key speakers were Mr. Gulshan Rai, Director General, CERT-In, DIT, Mr. Rajeev Kapoor, Joint Secretary, DoPT, Govt. of India, Mr. Vakul Sharma, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI. Elonnai Hickok attended the summit.

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UID Meeting in Bangalore – A Report

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 04, 2011 08:14 AM
December 07, 2010

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

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 22, 2012 05:48 AM
December 07, 2010

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?

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:06 AM
November 22, 2010

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?

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:06 AM
November 22, 2010

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?

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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