Category Archives: Aadhar Project Of India

Law Enforcement Technologies In India

Law enforcement plays a crucial role in maintaining
law and order situation in a region. In India, the law enforcement
responsibility is managed by numerous law enforcement agencies.
Indian Constitution has demarcated law enforcement subject as a
matter of State List. This means that a majority of law enforcement
functions in various States are performed by respective State.

There are

Legal Enablement Of E-Health In India Is Needed

Information and communication technology (ICT) is a real enabler to strengthen healthcare industry of India. Whether it is telemedicine, e-health or any similar concept, technology is central to the successful implementation of these projects.

For some strange reason, health industry of India has neither being given a technology boost nor an appropriate legal framework has been formulated for it by the Indian government. For instance, very few health care industry players in India are using ICT for providing health related services. Similarly, e-health in India is facing legal roadblocks. Till now we do not have any dedicated e-health laws and regulations in India.

Legal enablement of e-health in India is urgently required. When technology is used for medical purposes, it gives rise to medico legal and techno legal issues. In United States, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), etc are some of the laws that take care of medico legal and techno legal issues of e-health and telemedicine.

As far as India is concerned, we have no dedicated e-health and telemedicine laws in India. Even essential attributes of these laws like privacy protection, data protection, data security, cyber security, confidentiality maintenance, etc are not governed by much needed dedicated laws.

Now health ministry of India has given some hints that it would use technology for health related issues in India. It has decided to utilise technologies like Skype and technological concepts like biometrics, m-health, e-health, etc for India’s primary health centres (PHCs) and sub-centres.

Although the intentions of health ministry may be good yet its implementation is flawed from the very beginning. Health ministry is committing the same blunder that Aadhar project of India has committed. Collecting and using sensitive biometric and personal details without privacy law, data protection law, data security law, etc is counter productive.

There are no procedural and technological safeguards in place in India till now that can protect privacy and data rights of Indian citizens from misuses and e-surveillance. This may be the reason why Aadhar project may be scrapped in the long run. The technological initiatives of health ministry may also face similar fate.

In short, for the successful implementation of e-health and telemedicine in India, legal enablement of the same is absolutely required. Till now neither the Indian government nor the health ministry has provided any information in this regard. Till legal enablement of e-health in India is achieved all initiatives in this direction may prove counter productive.

Parliamentary Oversight Of Intelligence Agencies Of India Is Missing

This is an opinion piece that first appeared in Google news but was censored by Google within an hour of its publication. This act of Google is a gross violation of civil liberties in general and right to speech and expression in particular. We are not even sure whether Google would keep this article in search engine results pages (SERPs) and blog search.In order to make available this article to

Electronic Authentication Policy Of India

Electronic authentication (e-authentication) is a very useful service provided it is safe, secure and reliable. Similarly, e-authentication must also be supported by a sound legal framework that governs its uses and abuses.We have no e-authentication policy in India. Even we have no legal framework for e-authentication in India. Although some efforts in this regard were made through the Aadhar

Surveillance of Internet Traffic In India

E-surveillance in India is no more a secret as Indian government is openly engaging in e-surveillance activities. This is despite the fact that an unregulated and unguided e-surveillance is violating the civil liberties protection in cyberspace in India.Now e-surveillance is proposed to be expanded to even mobile infrastructure. The cell site location based e-surveillance in India is also in

Privacy Laws In India

We have no dedicated privacy laws in India and data protection laws in India. Naturally, this is a troublesome and undesirable situation. The supreme court of India has interpreted Article 21 as empowering Indian citizens with right to privacy in India.However, despite this constitutional protection, various governmental projects in India are opening ignoring Article 21 and are clearly violating