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India's New Privacy Law: Victory for Citizens or Just an Illusion?

India's parliament has approved the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Act, which is the country's first-ever privacy law. However, there are concerns about the rushed nature of the law and its potential impact on government surveillance.

The law grants citizens rights to correct or erase their personal data, allows data transfer abroad, and restricts the processing of children's information without parental consent. The government has also gained new powers to request information and block content. While the law is seen as a positive step for data privacy, there is a need for further work to protect individuals' data. Additionally, India has also passed the Digital Privacy, Data Protection, and Empowerment Act (DPDP), which aims to protect citizens' privacy and empower them in terms of their personal data. The law includes provisions for consent requirements, data protection obligations for companies, and rights for individuals with disabilities. Critics have raised concerns about the vague language and potential government surveillance.

They argue that the law grants extensive powers to the government, risks press freedom, and lacks safeguards against censorship.

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Posted: 2023-08-25
By: dwirch
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