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EU says India’s data localisation unnecessary

The European Union has termed the data localisation requirements proposed by India as unnecessary, harmful and likely to have negative effects on trade and investments.

The proposed data protection policy in India requires every data fiduciary to store at least one copy of personal data collected on a local server or data centre.

Full article: GDPR-loving EU says India’s data localisation unnecessary – The Economic Times

Soon, your face will be your boarding card

Soon, you will not need ID proof and boarding cards to board a domestic flight in India. Indian government has zeroed in on facial recognition as the biometric to be used for giving passengers paperless entry into airports for domestic flights. The process will roll out at the 8 airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad,  Bengaluru, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Pune and Kolkata.

Source: Soon, your face will be your boarding card – Times of India

India wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms

A panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country, according to its draft report seen by Reuters, a proposal that could deal a blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer such services.

Source: Exclusive: India panel wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms | Reuters

India launches investigation on Facebook data breach

CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for alleged illegal personal data harvesting of Indian personal data. It is alleged that Cambridge Analytica received data from Global Science Research which employed “illegal means” of personal data harvesting of Indians using Facebook.

Source: Facebook data breach: CBI initiates preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica, GSR | India News – Times of India

India to introduce new data protection law soon

A new law on data privacy and protection will be brought into place, Union Law Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.

After India Today’s expose pointing out that a number of Indian political consultancies are also culling out user-data and selling that information to political parties for target messaging during election campaigns, the Election Commission said that action will be taken.

Source: Ravi Shankar Prasad reacts to India Today’s report, says new data protection law soon | IndiaToday

‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances

The government requires its people to submit finger, eye and facial images. The ID is mandatory for many services, but opponents say it infringes privacy.

Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.

Source: ‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances – The New York Times

Furor erupts around Indian PM Modi’s app over alleged data sharing

Allegations that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official mobile application was sending personal user data to a third party without their consent caused a furor on social media in India and drew criticism from the leader of the main opposition party on Sunday.

Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party denied here the allegations and said the data was being used only for analytics to offer all users the “most contextual content”.

Source: Furor erupts around Indian PM Modi’s app over alleged data sharing

Can India’s Biometric Identity Program Aadhaar Be Fixed?

The Supreme Court of India has commenced final hearings in the long-standing challenge to India’s massive biometric identity apparatus, Aadhaar. Following last August’s ruling in the Puttaswamy case rejecting the Attorney General’s contention that privacy was not a fundamental right, a five-judge bench is now weighing in on the privacy concerns raised by the unsanctioned use of Aadhaar.

The stakes in the Aadhaar case are huge, given the central government’s ambitions to export the underlying technology to other countries. Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand have expressed interest in implementing biometric identification system inspired by Aadhaar.

Source: Can India’s Biometric Identity Program Aadhaar Be Fixed?

India and privacy: At the Crossroads

India is at an important crossroads. Today, the Government of India’€™s Committee of Experts will begin the next phase of its deliberations on how to develop a data protection framework to protect the privacy of India€’s 1.3 billion citizens, but it must also weigh the practical realities of the need to spur economic growth in the sixth-largest economy in the world.

Source: India and privacy:Â At the Crossroads

2018 global legislative predictions in privacy

Taking a look at the activities of 2017, it’s clear that the coming year will see lots of movement on the privacy front. This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup consists of contributions from around the globe on expected and potential legislation. With more than 20 entries coming in from countries and regions spanning Argentina to Zimbabwe, hopefully we’ve hit on some important upcoming developments you should have on your radar.

Source: 2018 global legislative predictions

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