Reliance Jio, an Indian telecom upstart, compromised the personal data of over 100 million customers. This has prompted a call for increased data protection laws in India.
At present, companies in India do not have to disclose data breaches to clients. Of course this is stark contrast to companies in the European Union, which have strict data protection laws.
Pranesh Prakash, policy director at a research organization, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), said “this occurrence raises question of security and accountability. A rule to report a breach exists, but it is unenforceable. It says you’re not liable if you’re following reasonable security practices. What ‘reasonable’ means is not defined.”
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