Chinese hackers have just pulled off one of India’s biggest cyber fraud ever by convinceing the head of a local Indian subsidiary of an Italian firm to wire $18.6 million from bank accounts in India to a bank account in Hong Kong.
India's data protection law is already being criticized, with some claiming it does too little by not giving the data protection authority sufficient power to bring violators to justice; and others fearing it goes too far with the potential for mass surveillance
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has denied reports that the Aadhaar data breach has made masses of biometric data available to external players for a miniscule sum. Has big government in India simply overreached itself as far as its vision for this database is concerned?
Indian government subjects phone makers to cyber security standards and are required to report their hardware, software and network security measures by August 28th.
Right to privacy debates over the last month have highlighted the critical need for a regime of data protection in India, which will be vital for the outsourcing industry.
India does not have a specific legislation dedicated to data protection and privacy. Presently, the Information Technology Act and the Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information Rules provides to a limited extent data protection and privacy in India.
The article provides a brief overview of the legal framework relating to data protection and privacy and discusses the provisions of relevant data protection and data privacy laws in India. It also discusses proposed legislative changes in India to strengthen and improve the existing data protection regime.