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The Data Lawyer wishes you a very happy 2019 (and we sincerely hope that in the new year, no one infringes your privacy, steals your data or leaves you with no choice but to part with your Aadhaar details!) In this post, we take stock of some imminent developments within the realm of this blog’s areas of interest. Needless to say, what’s on the horizon is mostly tied to what transpired in the last year.…
This morning’s news carried stories (samples here and here) of the Cabinet’s approval to a set of amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (the “PMLA”), the Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016 (the “Aadhaar Act”). While specifics are still unavailable (the website of the Parliament of India here does not list an amendment bill in relation to those three…
It’s been a while since we last posted on this blog, but it’s been a crazy few weeks – the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Aadhaar case, and the myriad impassioned pleas by fintech companies for paperless alternatives to Aadhaar e-KYC have kept us engaged. And on top of all that, the looming cloud of uncertainty over if and when the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill (the “DPDPB”) would be tabled in Parliament means that…
So it’s been a little over a month since the Supreme Court issued the Aadhaar judgment. The rumour mills have been going overboard about the future of Aadhaar and KYC. Regulated private entities have been hankering after their respective regulators to continue to allow paperless alternatives to Aadhaar-based eKYC so that customer on-boarding time and cost don’t go back to what they used to be before Aadhaar-based eKYC became the preferred mode of customer on-boarding.…
We’re very happy to announce the Privacy Law Referencer – a free online manual on Indian Privacy Law, updated and accessible everywhere. The Referencer currently includes: Every single section (full text) of the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, cross-referenced against the recommendations of the Expert Committee on Data Protection. Every single recommendation of the Expert Committee on Data Protection (full text), cross-referenced against the relevant sections of the Draft Bill. Extracted summaries from the operative…
The past couple of days have been near-heartstoppers for nearly half of India’s mobile phone subscribers – two days ago, a news story in The Times of India (this one) did the rounds, telling us that: “There could be a fresh KYC headache for over 50 crore mobile connections, or almost half of India’s phone population. They stare at the prospect of disconnection if SIM cards procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification…
The RBI’s mandate to payment systems providers that they store ‘the entire data relating to payments systems operated by them… in a system only in India’ expires today. But you already knew that. Two US senators, John Cornyn and Mark Warner, co-chairs of the US Senate’s India caucus, we are told, have jumped into the fray alongside Indian payment systems providers such as PayTM (who are campaigning to have this rule enforced as strictly…