INDIA’S INTERNET POLICY- PROMOTING OR DEGRADING?

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Modified India’s Internet Policy: Privacy, Data Protection, Cybersecurity.

India has stepped into its 70th year of Independence and development. With a new government established recently, a primary concern still dangles in the air. India’s internet policy. Its protection and enhancement are still not weighed in many aspects. The current situation approaches in this manner:-

1.) Contemporary Thoughts.

In the initial years when data production became a burning issue, a balance was sought after between individual privacy and the government’s authority. It was here when whitepaper on data protection was introduced. Now the concern prevails over a tussle between national security and individual privacy. The data protection bill ensued in 2018 bounding mass surveillance. The tussle continues as our protectors advocate the importance of easing traceability without harming our privacy.

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  • The masses cannot keep mum. The youth, concerned citizens and our society need to be alert on all platforms to ensure the protection of our privacy is not violated. Public disagreement needs to be heard loud and clear.
  • The industrial stand needs to come forward. For the protection of their customers and authentic encryptions, either businesses or non-state actors should take action.

2.) A New Common Property Resource.

Individual data, personal information and digital assets being in government’s control is the insight. A clear mind debates that it will take no time in turning a person’s personal digital information into a CPR. The current statement flowing in our minister’s speeches is ‘Data is the new oil’. It brought forward three following factors:-

  • Aadhaar Card – Indian Digitized Solution

    Introduction of Adhaar Card and securing all the personal information in a unique ID number is one aspect. Already accomplished, this aspect brings forward the current administration to a point of absolute data gathering.

  • National Asset

    The current scenario shows the government’s inclination towards data localisation to ensure its character of staying within the national boundary. Whereas a similar approach called data mirroring was introduced by Srikrishna Committee for data protection.

  • Creation of STACKS.

    Numerous stacks are in line that will enable personal data turning into a ‘national common’ such as HealthStack and DroneStack. Along with Adhaar, this strategy is on its way to turning private data into community data.

3). How Individual Privacy is a THREAT to National Security?

WhatsApp texts and calls disabled interception to protect people’s privacy and personal data. The Indian government argues this is a threat to our National Security advocating terrorism in Kashmir boosted due to this policy. The debate ensues protecting citizens records and assets by increasing interception and the government’s authority over an individual’s data. Data being sent overseas and shared inside the boundaries would be safer if the administration has it secured.

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The natural effect of decentralizing data encryptions is the malpractices developed along the way. Once an individual’s data is made accessible, there will be a disaster in no time due to the potential yet the real threat of hackers. Any account would be weakened by this policy questioning the nature of individual security itself. Developing secured digital services is the outright escape to this maze.

4.) MNCs and their tyranny.

Super Secured Facebook gets hacked many times. An individual’s personal and professional data is not absolutely safe on a potential global website. Similarly, with every data being registered in hundreds of MNCs is potentially unsafe. Where the Indian government does not have any reach. The answer lies in the term “self-reliance”. The urgency to strengthen national companies and promote completion is as necessary for a country’s economy as it is for cybersecurity. The Startup India Conference in January 2016 is a likely step in India’s favour.

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Power centralisation resides in a company’s capability to hold human data. Strict Privacy Guidelines are of burning concern to decentralize power accumulation in both national and multinational corporations. The common people and industries play an equal part in bringing forth such perceptions.

5.) Regulation Factor

Having both aspects of good and bad, regulation is a real-time phenomenon. With the increase in Internet using, capacity increases the want to regulate it. The TELECOM REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF INDIA (TRAI) being a major player here is working to expand its jurisdiction. Whereas lightly regulated sectors were faced with heavy regulation this year such as online blogs, wallets, online pharmacies and news publications. Although these matters are registered for justice, their examination is dealt with.

6.) The actual step towards a CHANGE.

Owing to the transparent process of TRAI in the initial phase of decision making, such decisions are subjected to consultations, public comments, various recommendations and an open house debate. But not all departments practice such transparency. The RBI’s decision regarding localizing digital payments never came to public light and comments. DPIIT processes are all private. RTI is also powerless in these matters.

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The recommendations are simple – increasing transparency and public participation to create an outcome in their favour. Hearing a citizen’s voice is crucial to any democratic process. To retain industrial and masses faith, a sincere strategy is in demand.

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