‘Data protection Law is need of the hour to improve the country’s image’

Sunil Pradhan
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Officials of the Cyber Crime Cell of the City Police Crime Branch recently busted a gang of three members who were involved in cheating people on pretext of offering loans. 

Pune: Officials of the Cyber Crime Cell of the City Police Crime Branch recently busted a gang of three members who were involved in cheating people on pretext of offering loans. 

The fraudsters would call up people in need of loans and take advance money from them and then disappear without paying the loan amount.

Similarly, the cell arrested a 26-year-old youth, Zeeshan Khan for cheating people after collecting their information from different job portals. The accused was found with resumes of several job seekers and was in possession of 43 SIM cards.

In the digital age, data is compared with gold and with the Personal Data Protection Bill coming into the picture, experts said that once the bill is passed, it will improve the global image of the country. 

Speaking about the bill, Advocate Gaurav Jachak, who deals in cybercrime cases, said the law related to personal data protection should be implemented soon. “There are many IT companies which are dealing with this problem. Many a times, there are cases of data leaks and companies are unable to lodge cases.

The law will help in establishing trust in the country,” added Jachak.

The Personal Data Protection Bill includes passwords, financial data, health data, official identifier, sex life, sexual orientation, biometric data, genetic data, transgender status, intersex status, caste or tribe, religious or political belief or affiliation in the purview of ‘personal data’ of people which must be protected.

City-based Advocate Chetan Bhutada said while the law will certainly help the country and consumers, it is a must that it is implemented in a  fashion similar to industry standards. “The execution of the law is also important. The most important thing that companies are supposed to do is protect customer data.

The reason why people started talking about personal data protection was that they noticed there is deficiency of services offered by the companies. People found they are being pestered on their phones by advertising agencies which are unwilling to share their sources of data and so the law needs to be implemented for safety of people,” added Bhutada.

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