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Gov't Releases Telecom Draft

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

May 15, 2012

The Indian government has released the first draft of its national telecom security policy, Livemint reports. The draft aims to balance law enforcement needs for real-time telecom data with individuals' privacy. The policy should ensure "that privacy of (the) individual is not transgressed without valid reasons provided in the law and development needs of the country are not hampered," the draft states. Telecom data privacy has gained increasing attention in India, in part due to the government's demand for Blackberry data and a case involving the recording of a corporate lobbyist's phone conversations.
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