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Extended Provisions Could Hinder Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

November 8, 2011

As the Indian government looks toward expanding its proposed privacy law, it must decide how to handle existing provisions on lawful interceptions of communications. The privacy bill "aims to uphold the right of all Indians against any misuse of their personal information, interception of personal communication, unlawful surveillance and unwanted commercial communication," MINT reports, but its scope now stretches beyond data protection to areas governed by various ministries, which could create jurisdictional conflicts. In any case, one government official said, the new law "has to be comprehensive enough to address at least the basic privacy requirements." 
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