Feeds

Indian trade body sets up data protection group

DSCI founded to counter privacy criticism

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

An IT industry trade body is setting up a data privacy watchdog in India. The Data Security Council of India will not have legal powers, but will certify companies' data security.

Following a number of media exposes of data security breaches in India, IT industry trade body Nasscom is establishing the DSCI to counter criticism that outsourcing to India threatens privacy.

Channel 4 and The Sun newspaper have both conducted investigations in which poor privacy and data security were exposed in outsourcing agreements to Indian companies. A reporter for Channel 4's Dispatches programme was offered hundreds of thousands of banking and financial profiles for sale after investigating India's call centre industry.

Nasscom (the National Association of Software and Services Companies) will be able to refer breaches to the police and will offer certification of privacy policies to companies.

While the new body may refer cases to the police, as may anyone, there is still doubt about the strength of data protection laws in India. Though the Government amended the Information Technology Act (ITA) late last year to punish data theft, there is still no single piece of data protection legislation in India to compare with that in the UK.

The legal changes last year included creating fines of up to $1m for companies or people who fail to stop data theft or leakage. The move was in response to significant concerns over the reputation of the massive Indian outsourcing industry.

Nasscom had previously made recommendations to the Indian government about changes to the ITA. It said last October that the changes made then met most of their concerns.

Copyright © 2007, OUT-LAW.com

OUT-LAW.COM is part of international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.