Sunday, March 05, 2017

Like new generations of technology, new government ‘identification’ programs have to re-learn the security and privacy lessons learned by all previous programs. 
All one billion Aadhaar records could be hacked and stolen, and the government wouldn’t have to disclose it or answer any questions about it?
Anumeha Yadav explains that Section 6 of the Aadhaar (Sharing of Information) Regulations says:
The Aadhaar number of an individual shall not be published, displayed or posted publicly by any person or entity or agency.
However, at the same time, the Aadhaar Act lacks any provision for a mandatory notice to an individual in case of a breach of his or her information – which was a recommendation of the Justice Shah Committee on Privacy in 2012, which was set up to lay the ground for a comprehensive new privacy law.
Thus, under the law, Aadhaar users have no right to be informed when a crime related to their personal data occurs.  And they cannot approach a court directly because under Section 47 (1) of the Aadhaar Act, the Unique Identification Authority of India has the exclusive power to make complaints in case of any violation or breach of privacy.
So no right to be notified and no right to file a complaint, and as Yadav explains, the government can (and does) deny requests under the right to information law, citing security and confidentiality exceptions.
According to technology lawyer Apar Gupta, “the UIDAI is a blackbox that cannot be opened even after a system crash”.
So everyone could be at risk and not know it and not be able to find out more.
Not good, folks.

“For the times they are a-changing.”  First time I heard that line I thought he was suggesting that the New York Times was becoming more conservative.  Silly me. 
Apple Is Losing America’s Classrooms to Google and Microsoft
Apple mobile operating system iOS ended 2016 with a 14% share of new mobile devices used in Kindergarten through 12th grade, down from 26% in 2014, according to new data from research firm Futuresource Consulting.  Meanwhile, Apple's computer-only operating systems OS X and macOS fell to a 5% share in 2016 from 8% two years earlier.
   “At the end of the day, I can get three Chromebooks for each of the Mac devices I would have purchased,” Steve Splichal, the superintendent of Eudora Public Schools in Kansas told The New York Times in an interview published on Thursday.

What do I tell my International students? 
US to slow processing of visas for high-skilled workers
The Trump administration on Friday said it will suspend premium processing for H-1B visa petitions for high-skilled workers.
U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS) said the suspension — which affects an option cutting the visa petition process from several months to two weeks — will take effect April 3 and last up to six months.
   USCIS said the suspension will help them work through a large backlog of non-premium petitions.

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