Thursday, September 24, 2015

National Encryption policy

Draft National Encryption policy, that is published recently enables to create an environment of secure cyber space and to strengthened cyber laws of the country. The policy puts legal barriers over the netizens to produce communications, transactions and any other texts to the government if and when required. But with the concerns to protect the information from cyber-attacks the policy have various short comings:
1. Encryption key:
the service providers, e-commerce companies that uses encrypted keys to secure their websites is required to produce these codes when asked by the government.
2. Time boundary:
it has been mandated to keep all the plain text or encrypted codes of past 90 days to be saved by citizens for the security purposes, which implies that they are more prone to be leaked by the hackers.
3. Registration of service providers:
it is being mooted that the online services, be it shopping online or accessing email, has to register with the government which is
biggest impediment to the net neutrality and impede the growth of nascent companies.
4. Anti-privacy law:
since citizens are barred to delete information, it has perceived as a breach to Right to Privacy instituted by Article 21 of the constitution.
Although the policy is a way forward to create a safe environment, but some provisions may act adversely and may also obstruct the growth of Digital India.

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