Region: India

India privacy overhaul draws mixed reactions

Observers have criticised India’s new data protection bill over a lack of clarity and excessive governmental control – but praised its business-friendly and flexible provisions.

24 November 2022

India proposes eased data flows and boosted fines

India has published a fresh data protection bill that includes cross-border transfer permissions and higher penalties, after scrapping long-delayed privacy legislation in August.

18 November 2022

Indian telecoms bill brings new data localisation concerns

The Indian government has presented a draft Telecommunications Bill for consultation, with possible widespread consequences for both traditional and internet-based communication service providers operating in the country.

26 September 2022

Data Changemakers: Tanmay Singh

New Delhi-based Internet Freedom Foundation senior litigation counsel Tanmay Singh tells GDR that the lack of a comprehensive data protection framework in India makes litigation difficult, and that it remains tough to convince all members of the public that privacy is a human right.

26 August 2022

India scraps data bill

India’s government has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill after more than three years of debate about its impact on the country’s data landscape – but a new framework may soon be released.

04 August 2022

Tech companies fear India’s data framework could harm business

International associations representing major global tech companies have expressed concerns over provisions in India’s draft data protection law relating to data localisation and the inclusion of non-personal data, citing concerns that these could hinder innovation and foreign investment.

03 March 2022

Indian Supreme Court orders Pegasus probe

India’s top court has ordered an independent investigation into the state’s alleged use of Pegasus spyware technology following reports that it had been used to target politicians, journalists and activists.

28 October 2021

Indian court refuses to quash WhatsApp probe

The Delhi High Court has refused to set aside an order by India’s competition watchdog directing its investigative branch to conduct a full abuse of dominance probe into WhatsApp’s updated terms of services and privacy policy.

26 April 2021

IP association: lack of data protection hinders drug development

Weak data protection rules in eight major economies are hurting US drug development companies, according to a major trade association of intellectual property owners.

29 January 2021

Roundup: Asia-Pacific data news from the Christmas break

GDR rounds up key news from the Asia-Pacific region that you might have missed over the holidays.

07 January 2021

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