Privacy in the Google Ecosystem

Are you a user of any of Google’s applications – like Gmail, YouTube, Search, Google Maps, Chrome Browser, etc? Do you use an Android phone? Have you used the oh-so-convenient facility of using the ‘login using your Google account’ facility to login to a non-google website or mobile app? If yes, then are you aware that almost all that you do is being recorded and processed in the background? That…

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LATEST PRIVACY RELATED ISSUES ON FACEBOOK

I have been getting lots of questions from friends and family in the last few weeks about what is all this discussion going on about privacy issues on Facebook – and what they should be doing. Some have even fallen victim to ‘hoax’ suggestions and have been posting them on Facebook to get their friends to act. This is a quick post to explain what is the buzz going around…

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A Crucial Milestone for Privacy in India

As conversations and debates are in full flow all around us on privacy and data protection, India quietly crossed a crucial milestone in its privacy journey for enterprises last week. The Data Security Council of India (DSCI), India’s focal body on data protection which is an independent Self Regulatory Organization (SRO) under NASSCOM®, launched the ‘DSCI Lead Assessor for Privacy’ program last week. Why is this significant? Where does it…

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Credit Card Frauds – What You Should Know

Given the recent spate of news articles about credit card frauds, we thought we should ‘de-mystify’ all the discussions going on and outline what you, the user, needs to know to safeguard against such frauds. What comprises a ‘Credit Card Fraud’? When criminals get hold of your credit card details (including the cvv number printed on the reverse of your card) and use these to make purchases with your card,…

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Are Your Kids Online? Watch Out!

Every parent’s worst nightmare is her child losing his / her way in the online world given the widespread exposure that today’s children have to a proliferation of smart devices such as laptops, iPads or Smart Phones. Each of these brings with it its own set of challenges for the parent while exposing the innocent child to a world where technology could end up leading the child to the bad…

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Lessons Reiterated by the New York Times Hack

As we keep interacting with folks from different types of organisations in this part of the world, and keep addressing so many ‘fallacies’ around managing Information Security, along comes news of yet another high-profile hack that reiterates some basic lessons. Here is a ‘quick take’ on the lessons we can learn… What Happened – The Background: – The NYT revealed yesterday that it’s computer systems had been attacked & infiltrated…

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Stay Paranoid, Stay Safe

28th January is commemorated as ‘Data Privacy Day’ worldwide. While the Data Privacy and Security folks are all charged up and enthusiastic, as always, about this day, we find that it quietly passes by the vast majority of people for whom it is actually relevant – all of you out there who are heavily invested in the digital world via Emails, via social media like Facebook / Twitter, via online…

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As We Welcome 2013…

Here’s wishing you and your near & dear ones a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us here at Arrka. A few days ago, our team at Arrka went out for dinner where the conversation turned to reflecting on the year gone by and what we wished for in the coming year. Over some mouth-watering tandoori prawns and galouti kababs, we started talking about the…

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India’s CISOs: Facing Challenges with Confidence

As I reflect on the wonderful two days spent at the 5th Annual CSO Summit  organized by 9.9 Media, I was thinking back about the earlier summits and how the CISO role and the community has evolved in India over the years. The Indian CISO is today dealing with even greater challenges than before – but is also sounding a lot more confident. This may perhaps be because of the…

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Wake Up, Marketers in India!

A recent conversation with a friend who’s putting together an online campaign for her brand: Me: BTW, in your campaign, have you ensured all the consumer data you are planning to collect would be properly protected? After all, you are collecting some sensitive personal data from folks She: Our IT Team is excellent – am sure they have the most secure database systems. Besides, Indian junta is not all that…

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