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NDHB "severely infringes" privacy principles, doesn't say patient is owner of data, no safeguards for EHR misuse: SFLC

Author: Trisha Jalan - Published 2019-08-16 11:29

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.

Youth and Privacy: It does matter

Author: Faisal Farooqui - Published 2019-08-15 11:41

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.

Dr Kamakoti's solution for WhatsApp traceability without breaking encryption is erroneous and not feasible

Author: Anand Venkatanarayanan - Published 2019-08-14 10:19

...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.

Pune students develop synchronous drones, bag Rs 1 lakh cash prize at Smart India Hackathon

Author: Inventiva Editor - Published 2019-08-11 09:05

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.

Indian Startup Ecosystem: A look at India’s most popular startup apps

Author: Raviteja Vedantam - Published 2019-08-08 22:45

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 message origin, says IIT-M professor

Author: Megha Mandavia - Published 2019-08-08 09:50

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.

People Losing Lakhs Due to UPI Scams, Here’s How You Can Avoid It

Author: S AADEETYA - Published 2019-08-03 13:04

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

RS Prasad: Traceability will be WhatsApp's job; WhatsApp demurs

Author: Aditi Agrawal - Published 2019-07-30 11:04

"On the issue of traceability, I have conveyed to them that traceability shall be their job," Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in an interaction with the media after meeting with WhatsApp’s global head Will Cathcart on July 26 to discuss issues of traceability, appointment of an India-specific grievance officer, and digital payments.