At #SupportAadhaar, we believe that India needs an advanced data protection, security and privacy law.
We live in a new age where smartphones and the internet can generate a large amount of personal data. This personal data is captured and stored done by smartphone companies, telecom providers, technology giants (particularly Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple), public service providers, governments and many others.
A report by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy analysed the current rules and norms in place for data protection, and found that Indian data protection laws are inadequate. A strong and forward looking India requires an advanced data protection, security and privacy law, suited to the modern age we live in. The law should protect the rights of Indian citizens first, while balancing for national security interests.
Many prominent persons have supported this demand already (see below), and we all need to get involved! To support the campaign for a strong new law, join #SupportAadhaar here.
Supporters of an advanced data protection, security and privacy law for India:
- Nandan Nilekani, former chairman, UIDAI: India needs a security and privacy law
- Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Lok Sabha MP:
Irrespective of what one feels about Aadhaar, a comprehensive new privacy law is needed
- Hindustan Times editorial: India needs a strong data protection law
- Indian Govt. IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan: The government is working on exclusive framework on data protection to strengthen privacy provisions and check misuse of personal information
- T K Arun, Economic Times: Argue for a privacy law, not against Aadhaar
- O N Ravi, Chief Legal Officer, Clearing Corporation of India: Stringent data protection law is the need of the hour