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Varsha Bansal

Clearing the Bar

The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi

Police in India's capital say they only require an 80 percent accuracy rate for matches, raising new alarm bells for civil liberty advocates.

A Privacy Panic Flares Up in India After Police Pull Payment Data

Nonprofit donors had their information given to law enforcement without consent, highlighting limited data protections in the world’s largest democracy.
Hangups

The Fight Against Robocall Spam and Scams Heats Up in India

A new proposal by India's telecom regulator aims to make accurate caller ID mandatory, but critics say it may be fundamentally flawed.
Data Creep

India’s New Super App Has a Privacy Problem

Tata Neu is the country’s latest do-everything app. When users signed up, their personal information was already there.

India’s CoWin vaccine booking system is a nightmare

The Indian government made its booking API free to everyone. Bots, profiteers and automation have made it impossible for people to book slots
Regulation

Shame, suicide and the dodgy loan apps plaguing Google’s Play Store

Instant loan apps have boomed in India during the pandemic. First they lend people money, then they harass and publicly shame them until they can’t cope anymore
Social Networks

India’s TikTok shutdown has left careers and fortunes in tatters

TikTok built an influencer base of over a million people in India in less than two years. Now, it's crumbling down