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US Mass Surveillance loses data privacy battle in EU; What India needs to do

India is ripe for a legal action that challenges mass surveillance of personal user data: not just that within the country, but also the collection of data of Indian citizens by US companies. A ruling today from the European Court of Justice has struck down the Safe Harbor mechanism (notes on how it worked below) which facilitates the transfer of personal data from the EU to servers hosted in the US, which essentially means that user data generated in the EU will have to be hosted in the EU, and be governed by EU laws for data protection. Quite simply, the court has said that the data held in US servers isn't secure enough for EU data, given that the NSA's ‘PRISM’ program gives the US government "unrestricted access to data stored on servers in the United States owned or controlled by a range of companies…

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