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On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path


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Indian employees at the Amazon order and collection point in Tumakuru, India.

India is considering its first major data privacy statute.

Credit: Rebecca Conway/The New York Times

India is considering its first major data privacy statute which, if enacted, would impose new limits on corporations' collection and use of information from citizens.

However, attorneys said the legislation would allow the government to oversee the Internet.

India's bill is similar to Europe's General Data Protection Regulation in requiring global Internet companies to obtain explicit consent from individuals for personal data use, and to comply with demands that their data be deleted.

Yet the measure would lessen government constraints on its own use of people's information, and the central government would have authority to exempt any public body from the mandates.

Also concerning for domestic businesses is India's proposed Data Protection Authority, which would create privacy rules and monitor corporate compliance, despite a lack of legal precedent in either area.

From The New York Times
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