Privacy Infringement through Automated Data Processing

Privacy infringement through automated data processing

Data is processed each single moment of a person’s life. Even before he starts making sense of the world around him, he is assigned a name by the proximate lovers, which is followed by numerous other names as per the convenience and personal preferences of the extended lovers. Some jilted lovers also assign obnoxious names …

No Privacy Infringement in Spamming but…

Privacy Infringement in Spamming

Spamming is repeated messaging to the same addressee or automated messaging of the same message to multiple addressees. It is separate and distinct from privacy infringement. There is no privacy infringement in spamming but… Spamming is differentiated from advertising by the legitimacy of the message. Generally, the messages from big brands are not considered spamming, …

Privacy and Sting Operations

Sting Operations

Privacy is derived from the word “private”, which is an antonym of the word “public.” There has always been a conflict between the society and the individual, so much so that some thoughts in sociology even consider privacy a disease. Though, obviously, such thoughts are corrupt because privacy is an essential ingredient of the personal …

Minority Report: An Indian Adaptation (Surveillance through AADHAAR)

Surveillance through Aadhaar

Circa 2014, a new Don appeared on the Indian political scene with a “56 inch chest”. He doesn’t sleep, he doesn’t think, he just acts with his right hand and shags with the left. His right hand worships cows, protects women from “Love Jehadis”, gags liberal voices, etc, which is the new normal. But his …

Minority Report: An Indian Adaptation (AADHAAR Surveillance)

Aadhaar surveillance

When I watched the movie “Minority Report”, I was scared to death on the prospect of robot-police entering the bedrooms of people for taking their IRIS scans to catch an alleged criminal not because I am a criminal but because I don’t trust the State, especially the Police. But, it was just a movie, and …

Surveillance in a Totalitarian State Never Stops

Surveillance in a totalitarian state

Everybody has encountered that feeling of being watched by the Big Brother. That’s called surveillance. Different people react differently to it: some revolt; some curse; but the majority comply. Childhood is the best time especially if there is nobody bigger than you amongst your siblings and the rest don’t matter. But suddenly the adolescence arrives …