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Parliament Sends ID Bill Back for Redrafting

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

December 9, 2011

The National Identification Authority of India Bill will go back to the government for redrafting, reports Livemint. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance has been studying the proposed legislation, which would impose strict punishment for identity theft and privacy breaches and provide 11 enforcement and intelligence agencies with access to citizens' personal information, including credit card transactions and phone records--a provision that has raised privacy concerns. "We have rejected the bill," said Gurudas Dasgupta, a member of Parliament. "We have found that the project is not necessary as there are many other ways of identification."
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