Sindu Hariharan reports:
India may have made a start in recognising privacy and data security, but it is next only to Russia and China when it comes to its surveillance framework and is dubbed as a country with “systemic failure to maintain privacy safeguards”. India scored 2.4 out of 5 on a global privacy index
Assessing privacy and state of surveillance in 47 countries, UK-based Comparitech in a study this week placed India among the bottom five non-EU nations when it comes to protecting privacy of citizens. China (1.8 score) and Russia (2.1) were branded the worst in protecting citizens’ privacy, while Thailand (2.6) and Malaysia (2.6) complete the bottom five.
Read more on Times of India.
The concerns about privacy go somewhat hand-in-glove with the concerns about data security, as this blogger has repeatedly found it frustrating to try to get entities in India to secure their data or to even respond to notifications that they are leaking or exposing personal or personal and sensitive information. India is not alone in that ignominious category, but they really have gotten a very poor reputation among researchers who search for leaks.
So think about that when you read this other news story: India is trying to build the world’s biggest facial recognition system.