Category: Articles

The Fundamental Right to Privacy: an analysis

This series of articles was originally published on the Centre for Internet and Society’s Internet Governance blog. Last​ ​month’s​ ​judgment​ ​by​ ​the​ ​nine​ ​judge​ ​referral​ ​bench​ ​was​ ​an​ ​emphatic endorsement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​the​ ​constitutional​ ​right​ ​to​ ​privacy.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​a​ ​547​ ​page judgment,​ ​the​ ​bench​ ​affirmed​ ​the​ ​fundamental​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ […]

Right to be forgotten: a tale of two judgements

This article was originally published on the Centre for Internet & Society’s Internet Governance blog. In the last few months, there have been contrasting judgments from two Indian high courts, Karnataka and Gujarat, on matters relating to the right to be forgotten. The two high courts heard pleas on issues to do the right of […]

Analysis of key provisions of the Aadhaar Act regulations

This analysis was edited by Elonnai Hickok, and originally published on the Centre for Internet and Society’s Internet Governance blog. In exercise of their powers under of the powers conferred by Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, (Aadhaar Act) the UIDAI has come out with a set of […]

What is big data?

Big data has been ascribed a number of definitions and characteristics. Any study of big data must begin with first conceptualizing defining what big data is. Over the past few years, this term has been become a buzzword, used to refer to any number of characteristics of a dataset ranging from size to rate of […]

New Media, personalisation and the role of algorithms

This article was originally published on the Internet Governance blog of the Centre for Internet and Society’s website. Everything which bars freedom and fullness of communication sets up barriers that divide human beings into sets and cliques, into antagonistic sects and factions, and thereby undermines the democratic way of life. —John Dewey  Eli Pariser, in his […]

New Approaches to Information Privacy – Revisiting the Purpose Limitation Principle

This article was originally published on Observer Research Foundation’s Digital Policy Portal. Introduction Last year, Mukul Rohatgi, the Attorney General of India, called into question existing jurisprudence of the last 50 years on the constitutional validity of the right to privacy. [1] Mohatgi was rebutting the arguments on privacy made against Aadhaar, the unique identity […]