Latest Updates on Privacy - December, 2021 - Part I

Latest Updates on Privacy – December, 2021 – Part I

This is a rundown of last week's news updates on Privacy: Joint Parliamentary Committee submits report on Data Protection Bill The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill has submitted its report suggesting several changes including dropping the word “personal” from the name of the Bill to imply that the Bill also deals with non-personal data. The JPC has retained the section that confers the Central Government the power to exempt any government body from the application of the law…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - November, 2021 - Part III

Latest Updates on Privacy – November, 2021 – Part III

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: JPC adopts draft report on Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) has adopted its report on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 after around two years of deliberations. It includes a number of recommendations that might improve the final law, including an acknowledgment that the digital economy cannot take precedence over the protection of citizens' rights. The report is expected to be tabled before the end…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - November, 2021 - Part II

Latest Updates on Privacy – November, 2021 – Part II

This is a rundown of last week's news updates on Privacy: Centre defends legal validity of new IT rules requiring tracing of first originator The Central Government has maintained the legality of the Information Technology Rules, 2021 mandating messaging platforms like WhatsApp to "track" an information's initial source or first originator, before the Delhi High Court. In the "legitimate state interest" of combating fake news and crimes against women and children, the Centre claimed that Section 87 of the Information Technology Act…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - November, 2021 - Part I

Latest Updates on Privacy – November, 2021 – Part I

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: Supreme Court sets up a committee to look into the Pegasus matter The Apex Court has ordered for the establishment of an independent three-member expert committee to investigate claims of pervasive and targeted monitoring of politicians, journalists, and activists through the Pegasus spyware. The committee will be overseen by retired Supreme Court judge Justice RV Raveendran. The committee will look into whether the Pegasus spyware was used to access stored…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - October 2021 - Part II

Latest Updates on Privacy – October 2021 – Part II

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: Data Protection Bill report to be finalised The Parliamentary Joint Select Committee is set to finalise its report on the Data Protection Bill following a reshuffle of its members. Reports suggest that no substantial changes will be brought about to the Bill, however, certain members are said to hold objections to a single Data Protection Authority for the country, with a suggestion to create Data Protection Authorities for States. Suggestions…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - October, 2021 - Part I

Latest Updates on Privacy – October, 2021 – Part I

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: Forced DNA tests a violation of Right to Privacy, holds Supreme Court of India The Supreme Court of India has held that DNA Testing should be carried out only in deserving and exceptional circumstances and not ordered on a routine basis. The Court stated that subjecting or forcing an unwilling person to undergo a DNA test without his or her consent will in turn amount to a violation of the…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - September, 2021 - Part IV

Latest Updates on Privacy – September, 2021 – Part IV

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: California Governor signs new data access law for gun owner information Governor Newsom recently signed into law Assembly Bill 173, which provides access to research centres information on gun owners, including personally identifiable information. The Bill names the California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis as the nodal point for the receipt of gun owner information from the California Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ is also permitted to…

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Latest Updates in Privacy - September, 2021 - Part III

Latest Updates on Privacy – September, 2021 – Part III

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: Joint Parliamentary Committee on data protection bill to comb through over 100 drafting changes The Joint Parliamentary Committee tasked with ironing out a number of issues with the personal data protection bill will now look at over a 100 legislative drafting and cosmetic changes to be made to the bill, with one of them being the change of name from the personal data protection bill to the data protection bill.…

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Latest Updates on Privacy - September, 2021 - Part II

Latest Updates on Privacy – September, 2021 – Part II

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy: Delhi HC: Plea for changing Aadhaar Number opposed by UIDAI On September 9, 2021, a plea before the Hon’ble Delhi HC for issuance of a new Aadhaar number was opposed by the UIDAI. The petitioner asserted an apprehension of possibility of unlawful activities by way of exploitation of his identity, on account that his Aadhaar number was linked to an overseas entity which was not known to him. The Court…

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Latest Updates on Privacy and Antitrust - 23rd August to 29th August, 2021

Latest Updates on Privacy and Antitrust – 23rd August to 29th August, 2021

This is a rundown of last week’s news updates on Privacy and Antitrust: UK to develop its own privacy rules Given Britain’s exit from the European Union, the question has now revolved around Britain’s obligations under privacy law, as it would now be considered as a third country under the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which encumbers stricter compliance for handling data. As part of its overhaul of its Data Protection Act, Britain intends to do away with…

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