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India: Country fastens its seatbelt on the data protection band wagon

The Supreme Court of India passed, on 24 August 2017, a landmark judgment in the case of Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors.1 where it upheld that every citizen of India has a fundamental right to privacy. The right to privacy judgment, along with the changing global tone on data protection set the ball rolling for India to jump on to the data protection band wagon. For this purpose, the Supreme Court of India, during the proceedings of the right to privacy case, directed the Central Government to frame a comprehensive policy to regulate privacy in India. Namrata Bhagwatula and Srikanth Bhaskar, Senior Associate and Associate respectively at GameChanger Law Advisors, provide an analysis of the features of the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 (‘the Bill’) which seeks to form India’s data protection regime.

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