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Parliament Watch: Centre talks about data breaches, Aadhaar linkage, blocking of social media accounts, cyber fraud and more

A roundup of important questions in Parliament this week on tech policy , including social media blocking, data breaches, and Aadhaar linkage, more

Within minutes, the Parliament withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2021 on August 3rd. The news sent shockwaves across the technology and business sectors, with people posting long threads on whether a new bill will be introduced soon and what this means for data protection in India. While Minister of State for the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Rajeev Chandrasekhar tweeted that a “comprehensive framework of global standard laws including digital privacy laws for contemporary and future challenges” will replace the Bill soon, here are some government updates from this week. 106 data breaches reported since 2017: MeitY said that the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) had reported an upward trend of data breaches in India since 2017. In 2017, two data breaches were reported, followed by five such cases in 2018. These numbers continued to increase with…

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