Right to privacy crucial element of consumer rights in Digital India; here is why it is not absolute

Right to privacy crucial element of consumer rights in Digital India; here is why it is not absolute: I have written, spoken extensively about, and legally fought for a framework of legal rights for consumers and citizens—a critical issue as technology transforms and disrupts our lives, business and relationship between citizen and the government. I…

The problem with the right to privacy

The problem with the right to privacy: The recently concluded Supreme Court hearings on Aadhaar and privacy pitted a quintessentially American idea of the “right to be left alone” against the long-standing demand of India’s poor for the “right to be acknowledged” by the state—which was the genesis of Aadhaar in the first place. Clearly,…

Realities remain in Digital India

Realities remain in Digital India: My exposure to Digital India was till recently a mix of government hype and the data my team routinely put together to share with our international partners. My first-hand interface began quite innocuously when the government asked us to link our Aadhaar and PAN cards and made this a requirement…

India’s blurry battle between digital freedom and security

India’s blurry battle between digital freedom and security: Increasingly, Indian authorities are pulling the plug on the internet. They say the tactic is the most effective tool against militants and troublemakers who organise online. Perhaps surprisingly, internet freedom advocates agree they are right to be worried. But conversely, authorities acknowledge the perils of limiting communication…