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Concerns with undisclosed and selective consultation on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

On August 25, 2019 Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology held undisclosed and selective consultation on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018. In our joint letter to MietY we urge the government to abide by democratic process of public consultation. We request MeitY to hold fresh public consultation by giving equal opportunity to all […]

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Hearing Update: Shantha Sinha & Anr. v. Union of India; June 27th, 2017

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, heard the petition against notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for social welfare schemes [Shantha Sinha & Anr. v. Union of India (W.P. (C) 342/2017)] for the grant of interim relief. You can read the summary from the previous hearing here. The hearing started with the Additional Solicitor General seeking […]

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Delhi Tech Talks [June 23, 2017; New Delhi]

On June 23, 2017, the second edition of Delhi Tech Talks – a collaborative series of quarterly discussions on the state of tech policy in India – was organized by the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi (CCG), Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), HasGeek, Internet Democracy Project […]

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Hearing Update: Shantha Sinha & Anr. v. Union of India; May 19th, 2017

The petition against notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for social welfare schemes- Shantha Sinha & Anr. v. Union of India [W.P. (C) 342/2017] was taken up in the Supreme Court today before a bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha for interim relief. The petitioner, represented by Sr. Advocate Mr. Shyam Divan, prayed for a […]

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Supreme Court hears the Aadhaar-PAN case; updates from Day 6

Arguments in the Supreme Court litigations around linking Aadhaar with PAN, challenging the constitutionality of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, were concluded today by Senior advocate Mr. Arvind Datar (also see our updates from day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5 of this litigation). Replying to the State’s arguments, Mr. Datar advanced the following contentions […]

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Supreme Court hears the Aadhaar-PAN case; updates from Day 5

The ongoing challenge in the Supreme Court regarding the linking of Aadhaar for filing of income tax returns, and making it mandatory for PAN, has reached Day 5 when the Union of India continued its arguments. We have been updating details from court proceedings from day 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well. Day 5 of the hearing began with […]

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Supreme Court hears the Aadhaar-PAN case; updates from Day 4

The State’s reply in the Aadhaar-PAN linking case was heard today (our coverage of arguments from previous hearings can be accessed at these links: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3). Attorney General, Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, arguing for the State laid down the following points: The only issue to be considered in this case is the validity of Section […]

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Supreme Court hears the Aadhaar-PAN case; updates from Day 3

The hearing for the Aadhaar-PAN case spilled over to day 3 with Senior Counsel, Shyam Divan making his concluding remarks. Attorney General, Mukul Rohtagi, representing Union of India is scheduled to raise his arguments in reply on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017. Updates from day 1 and day 2 of this hearing can be accessed here.  On day three of […]

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Supreme Court hears the Aadhaar-PAN case; updates from Day 1

The cases for linking Aadhaar to PAN and making it mandatory for Income Tax returns were heard before a bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Alok Bhushan in the Supreme Court on 26th April, 2017. Senior Counsels Arvind Datar, and Shyam Divan were representing the petitioners in these cases, Binoy Viswam v. Union of India (W.P.(C)247/2017), S.G. Vombatkere & […]

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22 social media websites blocked in Kashmir valley for up to one month

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Jammu and Kashmir Government directed Internet Service Providers to block access to 22 social media sites in the Kashmir Valley for up to one month. The move reportedlycame in the wake of widespread circulation of videos depicting abuse of Kashmiris by Indian military personnel, which fueled unrest in the Valley. As per orders issued […]

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Supreme Court hears the Aadhaar-PAN case; updates from Day 2

The Supreme Court today continued the hearing on cases filed against linking Aadhar to PAN and making it mandatory for filing income tax returns [Binoy Viswam v. Union of India, W.P.(C) No. 247/2017 & S G Vombatkere and Anr. v. Union of India, W.P.(C) No. 277/2017 – see our coverage of arguments from day 1 here]. […]

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UIDAI / Aadhaar: Breaches and Leaks

News reports of Aadhaar numbers and related information leaking have been appearing frequently since early February 2017. We are collecting information on leaks involving UIDAI / Aadhaar in order to make the data more accessible. We invite everyone to improve this data by collaborating in this effort to catalogue these breaches and leaks. To help track […]

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