Data Privacy Day

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Data Privacy Day is observed across the world on 28 January every year.

An overview of the news

  • This year's theme is "Think Privacy First".

  • The primary objective of organising this day is to sensitise the general public about data privacy and promote the dissemination of privacy practices and principles.

  • The day encourages all stakeholders to fulfil their responsibility to develop a culture of privacy.

Efforts made to ensure data privacy and security in India

  • Right to privacy was upheld as a fundamental right by the Supreme Court in KS Puttaswamy vs Union of India in 2017, following which the central government appointed a Justice BN Srikrishna committee to propose legislation to discipline data protection Was.

  • The committee submitted its report and draft to the government in the form of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

  • It was amended by the Parliament in the year 2019 and this new bill was named as 'The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019'.

Security measures available on apps like WhatsApp

  • Two-Step Verification: This provides an additional layer of security to their end-to-end encrypted messaging account.

  • Touch ID or Face ID Lock: This feature is available in various types of phones manufactured by Apple, Samsung, Google etc. Some phones also offer an under-screen fingerprint sensor, which uses ultrasound to image the fingerprint.

  • Forward Limit: Applications like WhatsApp have set a limit of forwarding messages on five chats at a time. Thus, it restricts the exchange of information and prohibits the spread of misinformation.

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