Data is a powerful weapon for all means in today’s generation. It can make things or destroy things. Data security is also another matter of concern.
There are millions of people in India who use the social networking sites and other messenger services widely. All these people are more or less rely on the services and communicate with each other. Indian government therefore is planning to bring a law to protect the customer’s data from misuse.
Till date in India, there is no legal authority as other nations to have control over these social media sites and messengers to control. Therefore, there are high chances of data security breach in India.
But, the Information and broadcasting ministry of India has now proposed to bring a law as to control the data misuse. It is a open fact that the large data centers like social media sites and messengers prefer to sell their data and generate revenue.
This however cannot be restricted practically. In a recent incident, Facebook has agreed to purchase the customer data from WhatsApp. The Delhi High Court has passed a judgement stating that the ongoing process should be confined to the present customers only. Hence, WhatsApp has erased all the details of the customers that it has prior to 25th September 2016.
The Information Technology Act 67C will now be amended and guideline will be set regarding what type of data has to be stored, in which format, and for how long it should be stored.
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A three member committee is drafting the bill that is to be presented in the Indian Parliament for making into a law.
The implementation is also a matter of concern as some of the messengers of mobile have a end to end encryption technology. This law cannot be enforced for such technologies. So, the technicalities have also to be taken into account while drafting this bill.