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Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors

Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications.

The statement is the alliance’s latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption backdoors.

The Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Source: Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

Big privacy and data security concerns as India forces coronavirus tracing app on millions

Privacy and legal experts raise red flags as many are forced to download an app one politician calls a “sophisticated surveillance system.”

India’s government is trying to address privacy concerns raised by hackers, activists and political opposition parties over its coronavirus contact tracing app called Aarogya Setu.

But while the government insists the app is an important tool in its fight against coronavirus, it has raised concerns over personal privacy and other issues.

Full article: Big privacy and data security concerns as India forces coronavirus tracing app on millions – CBS News

1 ‘No data, security breach’: Aarogya Setu says after hacker claims ‘privacy of 90 million Indians at stake’

Aarogya Setu was alerted “by an ethical hacker of a potential security issue in the app”, which they discussed with him, but “no personal information of any user has been proven to be at risk”.

Elliot Alderson, a French security researcher claimed claimed on Twitter that a security issue has been found in the app and the privacy of 90 million Indians is at stake.

The official Twitter handle of Aarogya Setu, the contact-tracing app developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asserted late on Tuesday that “no data or security breach had been identified” in the app.

Source: ‘No data, security breach’: Aarogya Setu says after hacker claims ‘privacy of 90 million Indians at stake’

Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February.

India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its facial recognition system with photos from government-issued IDs, like drivers licenses, and other databases.

Source: Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

A new law would give the country’s 1.3 billion people more power over data collected by companies but allow the government to exempt itself from the rules.

The legislation, which is set to be introduced in Parliament this week after more than a year of discussion, builds on Europe’s recently enacted privacy protections that gave residents there the ability to request and better control their online data. But lawyers said the bill would also move India closer to China, where the internet is tightly overseen by the government.

Source: On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path – The New York Times

Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system

As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology experts on Thursday warned of the risks to privacy from increased surveillance.

There is little information on where it will be deployed, what the data will be used for and how data storage will be regulated.

Worldwide, the rise of cloud computing and artificial intelligence technologies have popularised the use of facial recognition for a range of applications from tracking criminals to catching truant students.

Source: Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system – Reuters

India to approach the EU seeking ‘adequacy’ status with the GDPR

India will approach the European Union seeking ‘adequacy’ status with the General Data Protection Regulation once the country finalizes and passes its own Personal Data Protection Bill, two people familiar with the matter said.

The reciprocal recognition of data protection equivalency is expected to reduce the compliance burden and give the outsourcing and technology industry a leg up in attracting clients from Europe.

Source: Data privacy: India to approach the EU seeking ‘adequacy’ status with the GDPR, Technology News, ETtech

EU says India’s data localisation unnecessary

The European Union has termed the data localisation requirements proposed by India as unnecessary, harmful and likely to have negative effects on trade and investments.

The proposed data protection policy in India requires every data fiduciary to store at least one copy of personal data collected on a local server or data centre.

Full article: GDPR-loving EU says India’s data localisation unnecessary – The Economic Times

Soon, your face will be your boarding card

Soon, you will not need ID proof and boarding cards to board a domestic flight in India. Indian government has zeroed in on facial recognition as the biometric to be used for giving passengers paperless entry into airports for domestic flights. The process will roll out at the 8 airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad,  Bengaluru, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Pune and Kolkata.

Source: Soon, your face will be your boarding card – Times of India

India wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms

A panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country, according to its draft report seen by Reuters, a proposal that could deal a blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer such services.

Source: Exclusive: India panel wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms | Reuters

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