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Gov't Commission Will Meet to Discuss Initiatives

PERSONAL PRIVACY—INDIA

June 20, 2011

India's Planning Commission has called a meeting to discuss the privacy concerns surrounding government initiatives such as Unique ID, NATGRID and DNA profiling, among others. The Times of India reports that while these initiatives are intended to strengthen national security and assist in delivering public services, the commission has acknowledged that they use IT platforms that bring risks and require built-in security measures. "Steps have to be taken to ensure that a full and better understanding of privacy concerns are factored into our policy and lawmaking process," said Minister for Planning Ashwini Kumar. The meeting will bring together experts, civil society representatives and government officials, the report states.
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