Region: India

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India’s government has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill after more than three years of debate about its impact on the country’s data landscape – but a new framework may soon be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

WhatsApp Pay finally given go-ahead in India after data problems

WhatsApp has finally been given the go-ahead to launch its payments service in India, after years of delays because of data localisation rules.

09 November 2020

Non-personal data framework could harm India

Major global software providers have warned that India’s plan to regulate non-personal data could chill investment and innovation in the country, put data processors in an “impossible situation” and have effects beyond the country’s borders.

11 September 2020

Localisation prompts more Indian tech investment

In preparation for India’s upcoming localisation laws, tech companies are continuing to invest in data infrastructure in the country.

18 August 2020

WhatsApp Pay meets Indian data localisation rules

WhatsApp has received a boost in its quest to launch its payment platform in India after a Supreme Court affidavit filed last week revealed it has complied with data localisation rules, but the Indian central bank is yet to give it the go-ahead.

10 August 2020

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