What's Special About India's Latest Notification On Information Technology Rules?

After not addressing the flak for years from governments across the globe, the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India (GoI) has introduced new rules earlier this year. Coined as the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2011, the notification is freely available to download from the DIT website (http://www.mit.gov.in/content/notifications). With more than handful new additions, I believe this move does well to address long pending issues.

Data Protection Act likely to put few BPOs out of business; help address Data Privacy concerns of cloud users

I was impressed to read through the broad list of information the act included as part of sensitive data. The DIT has also been mindful to include the clause on access of data being only restricted to what is “freely available or accessible in public domain or furnished under the Right to Information Act, 2005."

This is a brilliant move to curb illegal trafficking of data in the BPOs (both domestic and international). Given the nonchalant attitude towards data protection by many Indian BPOs and the nature of business being based on the loop holes that have traditionally existed, I believe (in theory) the rule on data protection can be limiting for many, and a few might even go out of business. This will particularly be true for the BPOs catering to the domestic business in India. This rule will also provide additional confidence for those willing to use cloud offerings but have had concerns around data privacy.

Having said the above, I would like to call out the need for stringent enforcement policies – something that has been a sticky issue for us in India – to ensure Indian citizens can make the most from this.

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