The incident, which involved through the sifting of call data records as well, raises questions as to the extent of illegality within India’s legal framework for surveillance.
It is time to reflect on the Internet and its role from the perspective of the people, of the public interest and of society.
From exploiting loopholes in India’s telecom regulations to allegations of regulator bias and loss of government revenue, the Mukesh Ambani-led company raised a host of issues.
In conversation with Kiran Jonnalagadda, co-founder of Internet Freedom Foundation, on vulnerabilities in the wider Aadhaar ecosystem, the new security measures announced by the UIDAI and what can be done to rein in flagrant privacy violations.
A new ‘virtual ID’ and ‘UID token’ system will roll out from March 2018 in an attempt to crack down on privacy violations by errant private enrolment partners and authentication agencies.
As digital firms move to displace more government roles over time, citizens will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control.
The UIDAI’s decision to file charges against the newspaper’s reporter has been condemned by the Editors Guild and press clubs across India.
Mathangi Krishnamurthy’s research for 1-800 Worlds included working a job as a voice-trainer. The result is a scholarly book that is also empathetic and playful.
This isn’t the first time the media has censored itself while reporting about India’s richest family.
The FIR reportedly states that the journalist and her sources “have unauthorisedly accessed the Aadhaar ecosystem in connivance of the criminal conspiracy”.
The recent consultation in Delhi was the first of four taking place around the country this month.
The biometric identification agency and the government need to start listening to those who are pointing out critical flaws instead of issuing blanket denials and template answers.
Vinod Dua discusses The Tribune’s story on the Aadhaar database breach.
In light of the Aadhaar data breach, there are several questions that need to be answered by UIDAI and its enrollment partners.
After being denied information requested through an RTI, activists have written to panel chairperson Justice B.B. Srikrishna demanding access to details on meetings held.
Until It Shines Light on Nature of Mass Surveillance, India’s Data Protection Committee Will Fail To Do its Job
The job of the committee of experts should be to provide insight and evidence on what is otherwise not accessible to those of us outside the government.
The Supreme Court recognised the fundamental right to privacy in 2017, the same year the country witnessed some of the most large scale violations of privacy to have ever occurred.
An enquiry has revealed that lender’s leaked earnings closely match with actual figures; the regulator has asked Axis Bank to conduct an enquiry and submit a report within three months.
Maya Mirchandani speaks to former Union minister Manish Tewari about the 2G scam verdict, lessons for the Congress from the Gujarat election results, Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party president and dynastic politics in India.
The UIDAI had barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based verification of customers using the e-KYC process.
If the Centre endorses states having the right to control access to their own records, it will also be forced to have a relook at the RTI Act, 2005.
A review of the national auditor’s calculation of presumptive loss in other sectors shows that it usually offers multiple figures and often revises its estimates downwards.
M.K. Venu and Anuj Srivas explain why the CBI court brought the six-year-long 2G spectrum trial to a close by declaring that all accused were acquitted.
LPG subsidy payments worth Rs 190 crore was allegedly routed to over 30 lakh Airtel payment bank accounts, with some of the accounts even having been opened without informed user consent. How did this happen?
More than 23 lakh customers have reportedly received as much as Rs 47 crore in their Airtel bank accounts, which they did not even know had been opened.
The apex court said the five-judge constitution bench would commence final hearing from January 17 on the petition challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself.
“Given that there is such a strong push for digitisation in India, it is important to see who is being left.”
The prime minister’s office also insists that @narendramodi handle is not maintained by it or the government.
As the Justice Srikrishna committee goes about its job, it is important to understand that fusing European-style regulation with a coercive Indian political system is a recipe for disaster.
It seems that UIDAI authorities overlooked making special arrangements or exceptions for people with disabilities.
We must move India past its existing consultative processes for rule-making, which often prompts stakeholders to take adversarial and extremely one-sided positions.
The report finds that between 2002 and 2015, Section 67 was the highest used Section in the IT Act after Section 66.
Though the regulator has made progress in establishing an overarching framework for net neutrality in India, it has its work cut out in framing additional regulations.
While the telecom department will have to call on the regulator’s recommendations, TRAI has also reserved the right to regulate and enforce non-discriminatory access within its framework.
The panel had been set up on July 31 following the government’s decision to make Aadhaar compulsory for all its services.
An examination of complaints received by the telecom department shows how thousands of Indians struggle with basic connectivity, especially while making digital transactions, due to poor network quality.
There is some evidence to show that issues such as caste may have been overlooked or oversimplified while designing government programmes like Digital India.
The move, which is a gross violation of the Supreme Court order on 2G and auctioning spectrum, could result in potential revenue loss of up to Rs 4 lakh crore.
This new technology presents a challenge but the problem of insider trading is hardly new. The regulator must rise to this new challenge if it is to maintain its reputation for efficiency.
As India Rushes Towards Digital Money, Are We Doing Enough For the Elderly and Those With Disabilities?
A recent RBI circular reminds us that digital banking, welcome as it is in the overall context, does not benefit all sections of society equally.