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The Google Inc. logo at the company's exhibition stand at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany | BloombergThe Google Inc. logo at the company's exhibition stand at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany

Google to give users ‘real choice, useful control’ over who tracks their Chrome activity

Google said it’s tightening rules to give users an either-or control over how much a website’s cookies can track them.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches privacy, but evidence is elusive

In a bid to to boost privacy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a 'clear history' feature last year, but it's yet to be unveiled.
Daneary's and Jon Snow along with Drogon and Rhaegal

Game of Thrones: This is why HBO thinks ‘piracy is better than an Emmy’

HBO was the indisputable ruler of television for two decades, but online streaming platforms like Netflix are now changing the rules of the game.

A NATO study successfully tricked soldiers into sharing sensitive data

The NATO project showed that even the most secure organisations are far from safe.
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India’s data localisation may not protect privacy but could damage businesses

Those interested in India’s economic future need to be careful about tying it down with yesterday’s restrictions.

Modi govt should find a way for private firms to use Aadhaar for KYC purposes

It may be feasible for govt to own and operate a KYC utility. That way, India could balance the concerns of privacy and trust.

Were Indian activist-elites using poor to oppose Aadhaar or were their concerns genuine?

The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled in favour of Aadhaar, putting to rest a hotly-contested debate on its constitutional validity and issues of privacy. However, it amended several sections of the Aadhaar Act. ThePrint asks: Were Indian activist-elites using poor to oppose Aadhaar or were their concerns genuine? https://youtu.be/rYvkk4U-RFo Judgment pours cold water on any hope privacy wallahs had of removing scrutiny on taxes Kanchan Gupta Political commentator The Left-liberal elite has a perverse understanding of privacy. Data, including biometrics, which they do not want to share with the government of India, they are happy to share with foreign governments, some of whom run totalitarian regimes. It makes little sense in this day and age to talk about privacy when every app on your smartphone is constantly mining your private data. But then, neither the case challenging the validity of Aadhaar nor Wednesday’s judgment by the Supreme Court deals with the future and the enormous challenges...
A person giving biometrics for Aadhaar

God, please save India from our ‘wine ‘n cheese’ Aadhaarophobics

If the government wants to keep track of a citizen, it can do so very easily. It doesn’t need Aadhaar for that.
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India’s privacy ruling is a year old & we haven’t even unpacked its full potential

The landmark ruling will keep expanding the landscape of civil rights in the country.
Facebook App | Johannes Berg/Bloomberg

Facebook has suspended 400 dodgy apps

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is enhancing privacy standards, especially with regard to developer relationships.

On Camera

Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.