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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