06 JUL,2020 | MEDC
The cold war between India and China is threatening to spill over into cyberspace. In this context, India’s ban on Chinese apps is more than a symbolic gesture … it reduces our exposure to espionage. Data is the new oil, and in the virtual world such threats need not emanate from any particular country. Withdrawing into a digital shell of local applications is no panacea either, as it only cuts us off from global technological advancements without necessarily being a sufficient safeguard. The way out is to draft some suitable data protection law, that would empower citizens to obtain legal control of their personal data. All legislation needs to be framed for long-term validity. In a democracy, public defences work best when they derive strength from popular awareness and acceptability. Digital security is too important to be left to chance, and India’s policymakers need to do whatever it takes to ensure a better job of data protection.
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