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Lost in the data localisation debate: Does India have full power to exploit its own data?

The debate on data localisation is now not only a political one, but also a geopolitical one, and a key aspect of trade talks.
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What harm can you do to me if you have my Aadhaar details, asks Trai chairman R.S. Sharma

As the debate intensifies before the Supreme Court judgment, the outgoing Trai chairman says Aadhaar doesn’t violate privacy.

The Indian Liberal, China inside Arunachal and why you should watch Lust Stories

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint in the last 24 hours. Be liberal. And that's a diktat. In the latest ‘National Interest’, ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta takes on those who stake claim to be true ‘liberals’, but are, in fact, not. Gupta says these ‘liberals’ lay down a set of rules and don’t tolerate any deviation, thus contradicting the very notion of being a liberal. And yes, he also reminds the ‘liberals’ that they can pour as much scorn on PM Modi as they want, but it will “only strengthen his base and reaffirm the myth of victimhood”. Read the column to delve deeper into the formidable arguments put forth by Gupta to make his point. Justice Chelameswar signs off In this exclusive interview to Maneesh Chhibber on his last day as a Supreme Court judge, Justice Chelameswar opens up on a range of issues, including the...
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India’s landmark data privacy law may force journalists to swear by code of ethics

Justice B.N. Srikrishna committee wants journalists to follow ethical standards set by media associations and make a public commitment to this effect. New Delhi: The Justice B.N. Srikrishna committee constituted to prepare a data protection framework to help guard the privacy of Indians wants journalists to follow ethical standards set by media associations and has recommended that it should be mandatory for them to make a public commitment to the effect. The panel has also said that journalists could be granted exemption from the proposed data protection law if the use of certain personal information is deemed to be in larger public interest and a clear distinction is made between fact and opinion. The Srikrishna committee was constituted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ‘right to privacy’ judgment to prepare a data protection framework. The draft report of the panel, accessed exclusively by ThePrint, has called for a revision of the existing code...
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India’s landmark data privacy law won’t apply to the very cause behind its existence— Aadhaar

The draft report says the legislation will ‘not apply to any processing activity that has been completed prior to this law coming into effect’.

On Camera

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Congress loses big when a Pilot or Scindia rebels but the ‘privileged’ are ultimate losers

Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia became ministers in Congress at an age when others like them were trying to make a name for themselves in student and youth organisations.
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Credibility of India’s statistics back in question over official inflation data

Economists aren’t buying the Statistics Department’s methodology for calculating India’s consumer price inflation numbers for April and May.

Defence

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No change in India’s position on LAC, both sides looking at ‘complex disengagement’

India, China will keep watch on each other to see how much disengagement is being done. This will entail daily hotline talks at Chushul-Moldo meeting point in Ladakh.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.