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India Views Its Privacy Seriously, Data Imperialism Not Acceptable: Prasad

Amid the furore over Pegasus hacking incident, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday sent out a strong message saying India took privacy seriously of which informational privacy is an integral part, and data imperialism would not be acceptable.

At the Commonwealth Law Ministers’ conference in Colombo, India’s Law and IT Minister strongly articulated New Delhi’s approach and stance on data protection, an official release said.

The minister said that in the age of Information Technology, data played a crucial role in the digital economy discourse.

“In India we view privacy seriously and informational privacy is also integral to that. It means a person must have control over his data and its commercial usage,” Prasad said.

The comments assume significance in the backdrop of recent disclosures by messaging giant WhatsApp that said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.―Tribune India

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