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Draft of Bill Published for Comment

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

July 1, 2010

Ahead of rolling out its national identity card project, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has created draft legislation to ensure the security and confidentiality of citizens' information, reports Moneylife. The UIDAI has published the National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010 on its Web site and seeks public comment. The legislation would impose strict punishment for identity theft and privacy breaches and would make UIDAI a statutory body, among other provisions. The move to national identity cards will provide 11 law enforcement and intelligence agencies with access to phone records, credit card transactions and drivers' license information of all citizens, raising concerns about privacy.
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