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.
In the ten years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.
Focusing solely on getting rid of Aadhaar, or destroying it, is a waste of powder. The underlying issues of online privacy and civil liberties will still remain.
Far from ensuring that your identity information is secure, the government is selling it (or is, at least, authorised to sell it) to anyone who has your number and cares to pay the fees.
In an interview with The Wire, the Rajya Sabha MP talks on issues of data sovereignty and digital patriotism, and says that the government is receptive to feedback.
While the authority of the Lok Sabha Speaker is final and binding, Jairam Ramesh’s writ petition may allow the Supreme Court to question an incorrect application of substantive principles.
Boosting welfare is the message, which is how Aadhaar is being presented in India. The Aadhaar system as a medium, however, is one that enables tracking, surveillance, and data monetisation.
The FBI comes out looking inept at best and malicious at worst in its showdown with Apple. The battle to decide how protecting national security and safeguarding citizen privacy will co-exist in the future moves to another day.
We need to reboot the Aadhaar debate by asking why we want to create a centralised biometric database of Indian residents in the first place
From nudging new voters to a national health network, what sort of house could be built upon the Aadhaar ecosystem?