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Battling Goliath: An Analysis of the National Privacy Principles (Part I: Principles One to Four)

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This is the first in a two-part post on the National Privacy Principles(NPPs). This post provides with a bit of background, and then deals with Principles One through Four, while the next will deal with Principles Five through Nine. Footnotes are especially important. Disclaimers: The first post is a bit on the longer side. Feedback, comments, recommendations, are welcome. The second part is available here.


A Bit of Background

Most of the works of fiction use, and have perhaps always used, old and established plot devices. One of the most tried, tested, and overused plots is an underdog triumphing against the ‘giant’. This is illustrated quite concisely by the legend of David and Goliath (though there are disagreements here), where David of Israel is a normal human without armor and just a sling and five pebbles who fights and wins against Goliath, the giant of a man who is the champion of the Philistines.

The current dimension of debate around the concept of ‘privacy’ on the Internet is, arguably, a situation quite similar to that of this well know plotline. ‘David’ in this situation is us, the data subject, and Goliaths are the multitudes of companies with vested interests in collecting our information, for their own direct or indirect profit. Continue reading Battling Goliath: An Analysis of the National Privacy Principles (Part I: Principles One to Four)

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Battling Goliath: An Analysis of the National Privacy Principles (Part II: Principles Five to Nine)

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This is the second in a two-part post on the National Privacy Principles. This post deals with Principles Five through Nine. Footnotes are especially important.
Disclaimers: I have taken a bit of artistic license with these two posts, so do allow for that. Feedback, comments, recommendations, are welcome.


Following up on the previous post, I discuss National Privacy Principles Five through Nine of the Justice AP Shah Report, continuing the parallel with the story of David and Goliath. Continue reading Battling Goliath: An Analysis of the National Privacy Principles (Part II: Principles Five to Nine)

Of Facebook and Privacy – Part I: The Constitutional and Tortuous Facets

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The following post by Samyak Sibasish is the first in a series of posts analysing the effects of Social Media, specifically Facebook, on Privacy. This post focuses on the constitutional and tortuous dimensions of the issue, while the next one will focus on the contractual aspects of it. Samyak is a 3rd year student at NUJS, Kolkata. Apart from being interested in cricket and politics, he spends his time on reading on law and justice systems, more specifically caste. Additionally, being a social media freak, he likes to research on the curious myriad ways the world of social media interacts with the laws that govern it.

Of late, it has been confirmed by media that Facebook has seen a meteoric rise in its number of users over the past decade and if bracketed as a nation, it can be the fourth most populated nation in the world. It is but pertinent to examine how protected is users’ privacy on a social networking forum like Facebook. Continue reading Of Facebook and Privacy – Part I: The Constitutional and Tortuous Facets