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    ...However, as history has shown us, badly drawn contours will permit the government to exploit our rights for decades. Public debate needs to rise above the government’s low bar and engage with the more nuanced questions. This piece begins with addressing the argument that the right to privacy is an alien western idea, and explains why the right to privacy is necessary in India. It then addresses the government’s suggestion that the right to privacy can be replaced by a data protection act, by detailing how a data protection statute is much weaker than the fundamental right to privacy. It then addresses the third popular and fallacious question of why we need a right against our own government when we are happy to share our private data with foreign Web-based platforms. ...

    The Hindu on Aug. 3, 2017, 12:32 a.m.

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    ...However, as history has shown us, badly drawn contours will permit the government to exploit our rights for decades. Public debate needs to rise above the government’s low bar and engage with the more nuanced questions. This piece begins with addressing the argument that the right to privacy is an alien western idea, and explains why the right to privacy is necessary in India. It then addresses the government’s suggestion that the right to privacy can be replaced by a data protection act, by detailing how a data protection statute is much weaker than the fundamental right to privacy. It then addresses the third popular and fallacious question of why we need a right against our own government when we are happy to share our private data with foreign Web-based platforms. ...

    The Hindu on Aug. 2, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

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    ...The CMS facilitates direct government interception of phone calls and data, doing away with the need to justify interception requests to a third party private operator.The Indian government, like the US government, has offered the national security argument to defend its increasing intrusion into citizens' privacy.While this argument serves the limited purpose of explaining why surveillance cannot be eliminated altogether, it does not explain the absence of any reasonably effective safeguards.Instead of protecting our privacy rights from the domestic and international intrusions made possible by technological development, our government is working on leveraging technology to violate privacy with greater efficiency.The CMS infrastructure facilitates large-scale state surveillance of private communication, with very little accountability. ...

    Indian Express on June 26, 2013, 4:44 a.m.