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Privacy Concerns Stall National Security Database

DATA PROTECTION—INDIA

February 11, 2010

Privacy concerns have stalled the home ministry's plans to set up the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), reports the Times of India. NATGRID is a proposed national security database, which will include individuals' personal information, such as banking, immigration and electronic communication details. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) wants security mechanisms built into the grid before its implementation. "A more detailed proposal carrying specific points relating to the safeguards mechanism will be presented before the CCS as early as possible," said an official, who added, "The ministry has taken all care to have an inbuilt safeguard mechanism within NATGRID so that the available data is not misused."
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