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Demonstrators sit during a strike rally at Tamar Park in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

Hong Kong could come up against China’s Great firewall under the new national security law

A firewall similar to that in mainland China would cut Hong Kong's access to most foreign news outlets, websites and messaging apps.
A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo. Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

Monopoly in the name of privacy: How Google is slowly closing its advertising ecosystem

By encrypting domain naming system data, Google would prevent third parties from tracking users while they explore the web.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

WhatsApp surveillance: Are Supreme Court guidelines on tapping outdated & need strengthening?

Facebook-owned WhatsApp confirmed that Indian journalists and human rights activists were under surveillance until May 2019 via Israeli spyware Pegasus.

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Modi govt will open bids next month to build a system to centralise facial recognition data captured through surveillance cameras across India.
Rajasthani women show their Aadhaar cards while standing in a queue to vote | PTI

Aadhaar to e-commerce: Data needs to ensure ease of living, not be a burden on Indians

The government’s administrative architecture must be designed in such a way that the burden on Indians to provide data to multiple agencies is reduced.

Those who attacked Aadhaar should object to AAP’s CCTV project: Pratap Bhanu Mehta

It is a nightmare that we’re going to put cameras in classrooms, says political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
File photo of Arun Jaitley | Bloomberg

Delhi Police asked to pursue Arun Jaitley phone surveillance case with ‘all sincerity’

A notice of breach of privilege was given by some Rajya Sabha members on the alleged surveillance of Arun Jaitley's mobile phones in 2013.

‘CCTV project a voyeur’s dream, will lead to surveillance state’: Delhi govt gets legal notice

The Internet Freedom Foundation, a privacy advocacy group, has warned the Arvind Kejriwal govt of legal action if it does not stop its CCTV project.
An office in Gurgaon, Haryana | Representational image | Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Can our water, power woes hit data localisation plans? New BJP or Congress govt must answer

Locating data on Indian soil may not necessarily give the government jurisdiction over it.
China survellience

China’s mass surveillance is more sophisticated than thought, courtesy several tech giants

Human Rights Watch report sheds new light on the vast scope of activity China is monitoring as it cracks down on its minority Muslim Uighur population.

On Camera

There have been numerous calls to boycott Chinese goods in India since 20 soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley along the LAC in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Chinese investments enjoy treaty protection. Beijing can drag New Delhi to tribunals

India has a Bilateral Investment Treaty with China since 2007. The treaty provides foreign investors the right to fair and equitable treatment.

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.