The fourth draft data protection bill looks to be no less contentious, as it adds vital protections but also exempts the country's government from all of its terms and appears to give tech platforms a fairly free hand in sending citizen data overseas.
The decision to scrap the data protection bill came from a parliamentary review process. IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has told reporters that work was already underway on a new personal data law, no doubt to the delight of big tech companies.
Regardless of the motivation of the Delhi police, the handover of donor payment data has put India's lack of a national data privacy law and its speech laws in the spotlight.
Change to India's cybersecurity laws has sent VPN providers running from the country ahead of the slated June 27 start date for the new terms.
An attempted ransomware attack on SpiceJet systems disrupted flight operations leaving passengers frustrated and stranded for hours with flights canceled in some locations.
VPN Providers Ordered by Indian Government To Hold All Customer Data for Five Years, Hand Over to Government Upon Request
India’s new CERT-In order applies to VPN providers, virtual private server (VPS) providers, data centers and cloud service providers. These services are required to hold and turn over a variety of customer data.
Audit Finds India’s UIDAI “Deficient” in Data Management Practices; Aadhaar Cards Have Gone Unassigned / Missing in the Mail for a Decade
UIDAI's handling of Aadhaar is likely to be facing substantial reforms, not just due to the findings of this data management report but also due to ongoing controversy over constitutionality.
Call Detail Records: The Impact of India’s Revised Guidelines for Other Service Providers on Outsourcing Customers and Providers
India’s DoT now requires outsourcing providers in India to capture and store certain call records and system logs at their Indian delivery centers. Outsourcing customers should evaluate their agreements to ensure their information and that of their customers is safeguarded while complying with obligations under the Guidelines.
Proposed CBDC from India's central bank, which could get a test run in 2022, has some concerned about the implications for privacy. The "digital rupee" pilot could launch as early as April.
Proposal to Link India’s Aadhar National Identification System to Election System Raises Voter ID, Privacy Concerns
Recent amendment to India's election laws enables the government to link the Aadhar national identification system to voter rolls, raising worries that voter ID may be used for privacy invasion.