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Where Is All Our Health Data Going?

Multiple initiatives going on in India regarding the collection of digital personal health data are analysed, and the question of how the data is being used is examined. While such data could facilitate healthcare and referral services, a strong and sensitive governance structure is needed to be in place to enable its optimal use and to ensure that the data is not used to further the agendas of surveillance and control.

Protection vs Privacy: The Debate on Surveillance and Digital Rights in India

Governments across the world have exploited the gap between the pace of technological development and the formulation of laws to infringe on the rights of citizens.

What Are the Political Implications of Narendra Modi’s #MainBhiChowkidar Campaign?

This article highlights the incongruity involved in the Prime Minister of a nation proclaiming himself to be a “chowkidar.” But who will watch the watchmen?

In Election Season, Privacy Demands a Public Voice

Privacy is a concern for everyone, voters should scrutinise poll promises and examine the track record of previous governments when it comes to privacy protection. This article presents an overview of privacy related legislation and outlines what should be done about it by the next government.

India's Surveillance Laws, Then and Now: Has Anything Changed?

This reading list looks at A G Noorani's reportage in EPW on the debate surrounding surveillance laws in India in the 1980s.

At the Brunt of Tuberculosis

Why is India firefighting tuberculosis without adequate data surveillance?

Information Technology Act

The Information Technology Act raises very real concerns. It demonstrates a legislature deeply sceptical of the internet, rooted in the conventions of the past, yet battling with the need for an information technology law in the present-day circumstances. This straddling of the known and the unknown has strange results. In its desperate need to bring in some security for activity on the net, it relies heavily on the executive, little realising that it can result in violation of civil rights particularly, in the light of India's infamous emergency. The absolute control it attempts to achieve over certifying authorities is worrying for the same reason. The act lacks balance.
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