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February 16 2015

India's 2015 Data Privacy Agenda

"Ever since the 2012 release of the AP Shah Committee report looking into privacy issues in India, thought-leaders have been increasingly focused on the topic. Nevertheless, it's unlikely that India will go the way of the EU with a central data protection authority, says Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO of the Data Security Council of India. ""The report does not recommend a European-style data protection authority,"" Bajaj says, ""although some regulator will have to be there - likely sector-wise, like the RBI has done for the banking sector. Self-regulation within verticals is also a possibility."" The idea is to ensure flexibility, so that as technology moves forward, the law can keep pace by focusing on the principles rather than by getting prescriptive and compliance oriented, stymieing effectiveness, Bajaj says."