In this article Abishek looks at the lackadaisical manner in which the State handles personal data. Considering the nature of personal data that is held with the State, breach of such data gives rise to immense scope for fraud. However, the onus to rectify such incidents is almost always shifted onto the individual – whether it’s something relatively easy such as changing passwords, to crippling burdens such as changing bank accounts.
In this article, Neel charts out the evolution of the Indian State’s equation with people’s private communication. He examines historical, current and proposed legislations, judgments and expert opinions, to analyse whether this increasingly intimate equation is a cause for people in India to worry about violation of their right to privacy, and what can be done to rectify the situation.