An audit of tweets, handles and hashtags the government wants Twitter to block makes it clear that official censorship is being deployed not just against terrorism but legitimate political speech as well.
Kashmiri users and activists have received official legal complaints from Twitter, warning that their online content could be acted upon in the future as well.
Fingerprints and biometrics are being captured by smartphones, Rajiv Mehrishi said, for the 40% of the population that uses them.
While Justice Kaul’s opinion identifies a ‘right to be forgotten’, India’s upcoming data protection framework needs to resolve a number of hurdles before we carve out such a right.
The court’s judgment implies that the state will have to be cautious of its activities even before it begins implementing them. Projects or initiatives that involve collection of personal data would have to take into account explicit limitations on how such information can be used.
The last 24 hours have been witness to a fundamental shift in the way our legal regime considers our routine actions. However, the battle has just begun.
The judgment will need to reinvigorate a conversation on how today’s data protection models need to be reconsidered in light of the changing dynamics of information privacy.
The regulator should encourage IP, while 2G should be phased out. Consequently, IUC should be brought down to zero at the earliest even as a transparent method is worked out to cover termination costs in the interim period.
Despite government press releases, demonetisation doesn’t appear to have spurred a substantial increase in number of new tax payers or direct tax collection.
Regardless of the Supreme Court’s final verdict, the false dichotomy between privacy and welfare must be expunged.
High courts across India have repeatedly used blocking injunctions as a blunt tool to fight piracy. But as a result, the people’s right to access the internet is being severely curtailed.
The partnership defies 20th-century notions of a public private partnership and offers a glimpse of the private sector tipping its hat to the sovereign function and prerogative in identifying and authenticating the beneficiaries of a digital service.
While the HTTPS version of the website remains unblocked, it is currently not known why the blocking order was passed.
The other parties in the fray include Amazon and Netflix, but talks are in very early stages, said an anonymous source familiar with the matter.
The Registrar General has directed all states and Union Territories to ensure compliance by the registration authorities concerned and send a confirmation on or before September 1.
The committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna, will also suggest a draft data protection bill.
The best approach to solve the turf war is to have mandatory consultation between the regulators, which can be achieved by revisiting the legal framework.
While the FCC and TRAI chairmen may share similar goals, India’s telecom regulator should pick and choose what it wants to take away from the US debate.
Not only do difficult questions need to be answered and competing interests be weighed, but consequent policy also needs to be made to ensure a balanced state of affairs.
The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan, the 20-hour ‘free’ Aadhar-linked digital literacy certification course, has strict identification monitoring but fails on course delivery.
What are the possible ways in which privacy in a setup like Aadhar may be breached?
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that these two reforms combined will “certainly lead to greater compliance, greater digitisation,” adding that “expansion of the tax base of direct and indirect taxes is already visible.”
The companies include Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Aircel.
There are approximately 50 crore feature phone users in India. According to analysts, Reliance could snap up anywhere between 10% to 20% of this market.
Reliance Industries launched on Friday a “zero-cost” phone with 4G-enabled features in a move aimed at further disrupting the country’s highly competitive telecoms sector.
If the nine-judge bench decides that privacy is a fundamental right, the issue will be thrown back to the five-judge bench who will decide the contours of this right and consequently rule on the validity of Aadhaar.
The attack comes at a time of heightened focus on cyber security after global businesses were recently hit by two infections containing ransomware requests.
Reliance Jio has so far denied all media reports and user accounts of a data leak.
The local police official, who asked not to be named, said a man named Imran Chhimpa had been detained early Tuesday evening in connection with the investigation
Industry observers say that the big winner could be Reliance Jio, which is looking to accumulate and directly control a large chunk of spectrum.
A cyber partnership can be critical for India to meet its immediate goals in securing its cyber infrastructure and expanding opportunities for the country’s tech sector.
On Sunday evening, a website called “magicapk.com” surfaced that reportedly contained the personal data of millions of Reliance Jio users.
From 1970 to 2017, decisions by the government’s mapping agency have resulted in it not only missing the geospatial bus, but also the tonga and bullock cart.
While it may have boosted certain modes of digital transactions, these are still just a drop in the bucket when compared to ground realities and the larger sea of retail payments.
Existing bank account holders have been asked to furnish the Aadhaar number issued by UIDAI by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will cease to be operational.
Even though the provisions on information security and privacy in India’s 2011 IT rules are rudimentary, they are, more often than not, callously ignored.
Two hundred and twenty Indian languages have died in the last 50 years. With minimal and ineffective government efforts, what can we do to save our languages?
According to a report in Recode, Uber executive Eric Alexander took the records back to the US, where CEO Travis Kalanick and other officials doubted the veracity of the incident.
The company has two deals in the pipeline which are projected to reduce its debt by 60%.
While the Odia Wikipedia community has made great strides, translating it to a digital language of knowledge will require solving technical challenges and enlisting a more diverse set of contributors and editors.