Privacy

  1. C for Commercial, D for Data

    Written By Joshita Pai A visibly agitated man once entered the American retail giant Target to inquire why his teenage daughter had been receiving coupons of baby products. A few days later, when the manager of the store called up the man to apologize to him, the… Read More

  2. Do Not Invite Barbie Home

    Written By Joshita Pai Taking inspiration from Apple’s Siri, Mattel alongwith its technology partner ToyTalk, launched Hello Barbie this year. The Barbie, available through online purchase, is a wi-fi enabled, interactive doll, equipped to hold a conversation at the press of a button on its belt. The… Read More

  3. Public Safety and Private Phone Calls: The Recent Railway Order

    Written By Joshita Pai The Railway ministry recently issued a circular asking locomotive pilots (engine drivers) and assistant engine drivers to furnish details of their cell phones and phone numbers. It has demanded access to phone records to investigate whether the drivers were using their mobile phones during… Read More

  4. Cybersecurity in the Indian Banking Sector

    By Shalini S. The RBI governor, Raghuram Rajan, recently announced that the central banking institution is in the process of setting up an Information Technology (IT) subsidiary. The purpose of this IT subsidiary is to aid the RBI in effectively monitoring and supervising internet-based services offered by… Read More

  5. Aadhaar (the Larger Bench): Day I

    Written By Joshita Pai The 5 judge bench this afternoon commenced with the Aadhaar hearing after reference from the Supreme Court on the issues of existence of privacy as a constitutional right and on clarifications of the interim order issued on 11th of August. The bench… Read More

  6. Aadhar: the Past and the Future

    By Joshita Pai & Sarvjeet Singh The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was set up under the chairmanship of Mr. Nandan Nilekani in 2009 by an executive notification to generate and assign unique identification numbers to residents. After persistent protests asserting that a project, which requires collection… Read More

  7. List of Petitions Tagged in the Aadhaar Matter

    By Sarvjeet Singh & Joshita Pai The Supreme Court has referred the issues of Aadhar and the larger issue of the right to privacy to a constitutional bench. The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi has been tracking the case and is collecting various documents relating to it. Read More

  8. The National Draft Encryption Policy 1.0

    Written By Joshita Pai The National Draft Encryption Policy which was released for public comment, and subsequently withdrawn by the Union Government within a span of three days after its release, has been a subject of much discourse. The clarification issued by the Ministry on… Read More