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Panel Established, Privacy Law Coming

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

June 22, 2010

The United Progressive Alliance government has established a panel of senior officials to create a blueprint for the country's first privacy and data protection law, reports Live Mint. The move comes amidst concerns about government plans to issue national identity cards to all citizens, which will provide 11 law enforcement and intelligence agencies with access to the phone records, credit card transactions and drivers license information of all citizens, among other data. The law would recognize privacy as a fundamental right, and would include safeguards to protect against violations. "There's a need for legislation to decide what is private and what is not," said a senior government official.
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