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Reiterating its view that Aadhaar cannot be used to authenticate social media accounts, the Madras High Court on August 21 once again said that it had dismissed the original prayer to link Aadhaar to social media accounts — in what has become the WhatsApp traceability case — as it violated the Supreme Court’s judgement on Aadhaar.
In its comments to the Ministry of Health’s National Digital Health Blueprint, SFLC has submitted that the Blueprint proposes a framework that “severely infringes” upon the fundamental right to privacy; it doesn’t adhere to privacy principles recommended by the AP Shah committee or in the Justice Srikrishna Committee report, the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018; it falls short of the tests laid down in the Supreme Court’s privacy judgment, and ignores the SC’s Aadhaar judgment.
I firmly believe that whatever may be the age, people want their privacy. Their data might differ based on interests and age, but their need for privacy will always remain. Right from a young age of 12, when they first create their social media accounts, to the ripe old age of 90, when they are just looking to renew old connections, people prefer a certain level of assurance that their sensitive data is protected, even from companies, because like we cannot blame an unknowing toddler for running into traffic, we cannot blame a young teenager for clicking on agree to ‘terms and condition's when they hardly understand it.
...the claim that WhatsApp encryption can remain unchanged and adding originator information without breaking encryption into the message is possible is unsupported by the protocol design.
The proposal by Prof. Kamakoti also contains other elementary errors. It assumes that encryption and decryption of messages are done only via public key cryptography which was invented in 1976. But as the discussion above illustrates the signal protocol used by WhatsApp is much more modern, uses a combination of symmetric and public key cryptography and also the double ratchet which continuously discards encryption keys after single use.
Commenting on developing the drones, Siddhant Nikumbh (19), leader of Team Dronebolt, said: “All the errors were the best teachers.”
Joining him in the project were Ashwin Kotgire (19), Japjyot Gulati (20), Mohit Arora (19), Pallavi Dadape (19), and Prajakta Lanje (19), students of IT engineering at Pune Institute of Computer Technology.
India, with nearly 500 million consumers and a large number of young & talented crowd, has piqued the interests of investors. Everybody wants to get a piece of the vast consumer base. The numbers show just that. According to Paganresearch, in 2017, $13.7B of fundings were raised by the Indian startups. Following that, they secured another $13B in 2018, giving them a valuation of nearly $140B.
WhatsApp can trace the origin of messages on its encrypted platform by embedding the first sender's information alongside content, according to a report submitted to the Madras High Court.
On July 31, V Kamakoti a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, proposed two options that could be adopted by the US platform. In the first, it could embed information in an open and visible format; in the second, this would be encrypted, said the report.
Ways to Prevent UPI Payment Scam:
- Download the original UPI apps, check before using/registering on them
- Don’t allow people to access your mobile/laptop through remote sharing apps like AnyDesk to unknown person
- Be careful of the ‘Pay’ and ‘Receive’ money sign on UPI apps like Google Pay
- Do not share confidential PIN number with callers claiming to be from the bank or Paytm
- Keep changing bank account password, and use special character while creating it
In a nightmare for thousands of Truecaller users in India, a so-called bug automatically created their Unified Payments Interface (UPI) accounts with the ICICI Bank without their consent, triggering panic and hacking fears.
India has had 65 reported internet shutdowns in 2019 so far, and 337 reported internet shutdowns since January 2012. In July 2019, there were 6 instances of internet shutdowns reported in India, according to SFLC’s internet shutdown tracker.