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…

Privacy in the digital age

Privacy in the digital age: The current focus on the right to privacy is based on some new realities of the digital age. Personal spaces and safeties that were previously granted simply by physical separation are no longer protected. The digital network enters the most proximate spaces and challenges the normally accepted notions of the private. It…

Privacy concerns in Kashmir over cellphone prying

Privacy concerns in Kashmir over cellphone prying: Security forces in Kashmir, particularly in its volatile south, are allegedly prying into cellphones of residents during roadside searches, raising privacy issues in a state where militants use social media to propagate their agenda and garner mass support. Even as officials denied it was routine policing practice, dozens…

Fundamental Right For Digital Indians

Fundamental Right For Digital Indians: My criticism of Aadhaar isn’t new. The biometric ID system has a flawed design and verification procedures are weak, I had noticed way back in 2010. Aadhaar during the UPA-2 days involved thousands of crores of rupees (public money) being spent on a project that had no discourse or legislative…

Privacy concerns in Kashmir over cellphone prying

Privacy concerns in Kashmir over cellphone prying: Security forces in Kashmir, particularly in its volatile south, are allegedly prying into cellphones of residents during roadside searches, raising privacy issues in a state where militants use social media to propagate their agenda and garner mass support. Even as officials denied it was routine policing practice, dozens…