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An Open Letter to the Finance Committee: SCOSTA Standards

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Dec 20, 2013 03:58 AM
January 06, 2011

The UID Bill has been placed to the Finance Committee for review and approval. Through a series of open letters to the Finance Committee, civil society is asking the committee to take into consideration and change certain aspects of the Bill and the project. The below note compares the SCOSTA standard with the Aadhaar biometric standard, and explains why we believe the SCOSTA standard should replace the Aadhaar biometric standard for the authentication process in the UID scheme.

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Jurisdictional Issues in Cyberspace

by Justice S Muralidhar — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:00 AM
January 04, 2011

This article by Justice S Muralidhar was published in the Indian Journal of Law and Technology, Volume 6, 2010. It explores in detail the jurisdiction of courts when dealing with disputes arising from commercial transactions on the Internet.

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Does the UID Reflect India?

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 22, 2012 05:45 AM
December 27, 2010

On December 17th the Campaign for No UID held a press conference and public meeting in Bangalore. Below is a summary and analysis of the events.

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The Privacy Rights of Whistleblowers

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 22, 2012 05:47 AM
December 20, 2010

The recent disclosures from Wikileaks have shown that the right to information, whistle-blowing, and privacy are interconnected. This note looks at the different ways in which the three are related, as well as looking at the benefits and drawbacks to Wikileaks in terms of privacy.

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UID & Privacy - A Call for Papers

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:03 AM
December 15, 2010

Privacy India is inviting individuals to author short papers focused on Unique Identity (UID) and Privacy. Selected candidates will have their papers published on the CIS website, and their transportation and accommodation provided for the “Privacy Matters” conference being held in Kolkata on 22 January 2010.

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Should Ratan Tata be Afforded the Right to Privacy?

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:03 AM
December 08, 2010

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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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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