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WhatsApp, through its counsel, had written to the court suggesting that justice Singh should not hear the matter because she appeared as a senior counsel against WhatsApp in a matter in the Supreme Court in 2016.(MINT_PRINT)

Delhi HC objects to WhatsApp asking judge not to hear PIL

By Richa banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:24 AM IST
Justice Pratibha M Singh said the e-mail, which was later withdrawn, was completely unwarranted because she was anyway going to recuse herself from hearing the case filed by lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla, who has contended that WhatsApp’s updated policy violates the individual’s Right to Privacy.
The Centre’s directions are executive in nature, deriving their power from the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which doesn’t have any provision to deal with surveillance.(REUTERS)
The Centre’s directions are executive in nature, deriving their power from the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which doesn’t have any provision to deal with surveillance.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Aarogya Setu needs legislative backing

By Amit Anand Tiwari
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 07:39 AM IST
The mandatory use of the mobile app brings many constitutional challenges such as the right to privacy of the citizens. Currently, there is no legal framework that governs it beyond its privacy policy and terms of use
The National Register of Citizens is a state activity that provided no visible benefits at great personal cost to citizens. The haphazard manner in which the documentation was processed, with vast differences between the first two drafts and the final list, was criticised by all, regardless of political affiliation(AP)
The National Register of Citizens is a state activity that provided no visible benefits at great personal cost to citizens. The haphazard manner in which the documentation was processed, with vast differences between the first two drafts and the final list, was criticised by all, regardless of political affiliation(AP)

The worrying trend of the government souring the social contract | Opinion

By Abhishek Singhvi and Muhammad Khan
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2019 08:29 PM IST
With increasing State control, the rights of citizens are being neglected. The government must now introspect
As the private sector may not invest in harnessing data where it is not profitable, “government must intervene in creating data as a public good, especially of the poor and in social sectors of the country”, the Survey states.(HT Photo)
As the private sector may not invest in harnessing data where it is not profitable, “government must intervene in creating data as a public good, especially of the poor and in social sectors of the country”, the Survey states.(HT Photo)

Call for data to be treated as a ‘public good’, can play key role in driving policy

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 06:07 PM IST
The annual survey sets the tone for how data will power government policy — from boosting tax collections to administering welfare programmes.
The Union government has defended before the Supreme Court its controversial December 20 notification allowing 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored on any computer in the country.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Union government has defended before the Supreme Court its controversial December 20 notification allowing 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored on any computer in the country.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Centre defends snooping order in Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2019 10:42 PM IST
The Union government has defended before the Supreme Court its controversial December 20 notification allowing 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored on any computer in the country.
The Union government has defended before the Supreme Court its controversial December 20 notification allowing 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored on any computer in the country.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Union government has defended before the Supreme Court its controversial December 20 notification allowing 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored on any computer in the country.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Centre defends snooping order in Supreme Court

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2019 10:32 PM IST
The notification has been challenged in the top court by several individuals and non-profit organisations working in the field of privacy rights.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks in a conference in the US. While 2018 was the year of amazing investigations on Facebook, there have been grave let-downs in reporting and analysis.(Bloomberg)
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks in a conference in the US. While 2018 was the year of amazing investigations on Facebook, there have been grave let-downs in reporting and analysis.(Bloomberg)

Privacy laws cannot make Facebeook and Google accountable

By Pranesh Prakash
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 07:38 AM IST
To safeguard users’ privacy, we need to be able to move away from platforms like Facebook without losing access to their networks.
Justice B N Srikrishna addresses the media after submitting a report on 'Data Protection Framework' to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi July 27.(PTI Photo)
Justice B N Srikrishna addresses the media after submitting a report on 'Data Protection Framework' to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi July 27.(PTI Photo)

Consent has to be the bedrock on which data is processed: Member of Srikrishna Committee

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vidhi Choudhary
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:14 AM IST
The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 – part of the Srikrishna panel report – provides for regulations on how personal data is to be handled by various entities, including the state.
The focus on data protection comes after the scandal in March over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user’s data collected through Facebook.
The focus on data protection comes after the scandal in March over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user’s data collected through Facebook.

Data protection bill will hold tech companies such as Facebook, Google accountable for users’ information

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vidhi Choudhary
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:04 AM IST
A draft of the data protection bill, that was submitted to the government on Friday, says there will be consequences for companies that collect users’ data, and also calls for storing this information in India.
Facebook’s fortunes shifted in under two hours as the company first reported revenue and user growth that missed expectations and then issued warnings about future growth and expenses.(REUTERS File Photo)
Facebook’s fortunes shifted in under two hours as the company first reported revenue and user growth that missed expectations and then issued warnings about future growth and expenses.(REUTERS File Photo)

The worst is yet to come: Facebook’s privacy push will erode profits for years to come

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 01:52 PM IST
Facebook’s second-quarter results were the first sign that a new European privacy law and a succession of privacy scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and other app developers have bit into Facebook’s business.
The Internet Freedom Foundation launched its community project ‘Save our Privacy’ in what it described as a bid to safeguard individuals’ right to privacy.(Bloomberg/Picture for representation)
The Internet Freedom Foundation launched its community project ‘Save our Privacy’ in what it described as a bid to safeguard individuals’ right to privacy.(Bloomberg/Picture for representation)

Draft bill proposes Rs 1 crore fine, 3 year jail for data privacy violation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vidhi Choudhary
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2018 10:44 PM IST
The move comes at a time when user data of Indians is under threat from social media firms accused of data mining and sharing information with private companies for advertising and marketing purposes. There has also been a growing concern over Aadhaar.
Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign.(AFP)
Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign.(AFP)

We need strict laws that fix accountability for data leaks

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2018 04:36 PM IST
It would take much more than a privacy law to take care of Justice Chandrachud’s concerns
Silhouettes of mobile users next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in a picture illustration, March 28, 2018.(REUTERS)
Silhouettes of mobile users next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in a picture illustration, March 28, 2018.(REUTERS)

Facebook data leak: Big message for India is need for a robust privacy law

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 02:19 PM IST
Given that Facebook has known about the data misdemeanour at Cambridge Analytica since 2015 – and, indeed, made it impossible for app-developers to collect user data this way – they highlight the company’s all-too-casual approach in protecting user data
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