Facebook, Google Now Accountable For User Information

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New Delhi: The draft data protection bill which was submitted to the government on
Friday said that that tech giants like Facebook and Google, which have its operations in India, will be held liable for the data collected.

Google generates $1 billion ad revenues in India and Facebook is accessed by 217 million people every month.

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“The Act shall apply to the processing of personal data by data fiduciaries or data processors not present within the territory of India, only if such processing is — (a) in connection with any business carried on in India, or any systematic activity of offering goods or services to data principals within the territory of India; or (b) in connection with any activity which involves profiling of data principals within the territory of India,” stated the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

“In a nutshell, these companies will be accountable for the data they collect in India. There will be consequences for this, and one hopes they engage to fix and strengthen this bill and recognise that a strong privacy law is a requirement for everyone,” said lawyer and founder of the Internet Freedom Foundation, Raman Jit Singh Chima.

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