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Security, Privacy and Politics in India: A Historical Review



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 6, Number 2 (2010)
Pages 6887
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Ramesh Subramanian — Quinnipiac University and Yale Law School, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




Much is discussed about privacy laws in developed economies such as The US, EU, Japan, Canada, and Australia. However, not many studies have focused on privacy laws that are evolving in emerging economies such as India. As the economy becomes global and companies resort to global outsourcing, much of the data of clients, customers and common citizens are slowly being dispersed around the world for processing, analyzing and simple storage. Therefore, developing countries that handle such data are no longer exempt from the privacy concerns associated with them. This paper studies and critically analyzes the evolution of privacy laws in India. India, being a democracy of 1.2 billion people, is an especially interesting 'subject' to study in this regard. The study offers an illustration of the interactions of security, privacy and politics of its citizens, interest groups, security agencies and politicians - as they all mash together, constantly reposition themselves, pressure and compromise with each other to arrive at ways to define and protect privacy while not compromising on security.




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