articles by Asheeta Regidi

News & Analysis

The Cryptocurrency Verdict: On the need for interim clarity as the RBI mulls over regulation

Interim clarity from the RBI is an urgent necessity, as services from banks and service providers are yet to resume in full swing.

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RBI Digital KYC: Advantages and importance, and how the new norms work

Video KYC brings in the additional benefit of being completely remote, since digital KYC still requires a visit.

India

Facebook-WhatsApp case in SC: Mass surveillance possibilities can increase with creation of national decryption agency

Mass surveillance, while inherently unconstitutional on account of being a completely disproportionate invasion of privacy, is unfortunately still a possibility, until it is expressly prohibited.

India

Aadhaar-social media account linking could result in creation of a surveillance state, deprive fundamental right to privacy

It is without question that a solution is required, but it is increasingly worrying as the solutions move toward deprivation of fundamental rights and the first steps towards a possible surveillance state.

Business

SEBI's Circular: The black box conundrum and misrepresentation in AI-based Mutual Funds

The primary future concerns expressed by SEBI, are with the black box nature of AI/ML systems.

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TikTok ban: The case highlighted the inability of Indian laws to prevent the exploitation of children

We need to take a holistic approach to kids' safety, and a law that addresses this would be welcome.

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The Spotify-Warner dispute: Looking at statutory licensing for on-demand services

The dispute involves Spotify’s attempt to obtain a statutory license to stream Warner’s music.

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Aadhaar privacy debate, data protection regulation to intermediary guidelines: Tech policy trends of 2018

Looking at the year gone by for privacy, one can look ahead at 2019 only with concern

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MHA notification: Authorised agencies don't have suo motu powers to issue interception, monitoring directions

The notification is not blanket empowerment of these agencies to carry out surveillance.

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Online censorship enforced by governments is curbing people’s power to criticise

Despite people's right to criticise, there are laws which enable the govt to act against online speech.

India

Changes brought in by SC's Aadhaar verdict come as relief, but judgment remains major disappointment

Overall, the impact of the Supreme Court's Aadhaar verdict is to retain the unique ID scheme, but bringing the rampant mandating to a halt comes as a relief.

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Why companies like Apple are hesitating to launch payment services in India

RBI’s data localization mandate indicates the hurdles companies face to set up payment services.

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Data Protection Bill Series: Retrospective application of law and stand on Aadhaar

The proposed Bill will definitely necessitate major changes in the practices of the fiduciaries.

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Data Protection Bill Series: Transparency and accountability required for data fiduciary

These obligations ensure that a data principal is made aware of the practices of the data fiduciary.

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Data Protection Bill Series: A person's right over data is compromised in the Bill

The Bill does not provide the data principal with adequate rights to exercise control over his data

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Data Protection Bill Series: Standard of consent and processing of data

The Report acknowledges that the notice and consent framework in use today is broken.

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Data Protection Bill Series: Obligations on data fiduciaries and compromises made

The first place where a dilution of the rights is seen is in the requirement that the processing be lawful.

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Will shutting down WhatsApp really solve the increasing menace of fake news?

Imposing responsibility on WhatsApp cannot be the sole solution to an issue like fake news.

News & Analysis

Niti Aayog’s Paper on AI is a good first step but regulatory challenges around data protection laws need more discussion

The Paper is designed as an ‘essential pre-read’ document, which will be followed by wider consultations before recommendations for the National Strategy are finalised

India

Aadhaar hearing: Supreme Court reserves judgment in the second-longest hearing in Indian history

The Attorney General mentioned that this has been the second longest hearing in Indian history, with the longest being for the Kesavananda Bharati case.