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Personal data protection: Firms need to do more

Corporations need to invest in cybersecurity to not only protect consumer data but also the business at large

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Digital India | data protection | surveillance

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 



As more Indian organisations move to the cloud, security breaches are likely to become frequent. A lack of legislation protecting personal data allows Indian organisations to collect data as they choose, often needlessly. The data is often sold, or monetised in other ways, and is frequently held in insecure servers. Suitable legislation has not been passed in the five years since the Supreme Court asked for it in a landmark case that upheld privacy as a fundamental right. This is a huge gap, which is at odds with policy initiatives to build . It opens the door to widespread misuse of data and to cybercrime, potentially targeting every Indian. It is also a barrier hindering efforts to set up data centres for overseas clients. Understandably, potential clients are wary about storing data in such an insecure environment.

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First Published: Wed, August 31 2022. 23:10 IST

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