India: US Tech Firms Should Press Modi on Privacy

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 22 September 2015

United States technology companies should urge India’s visiting prime minister, Narendra Modi, to end censorship and attacks on free speech and enact a privacy law that meets international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Modi will meet the chief executive officers (CEOs) of top technology companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and Facebook, among others, during his visit to California’s Silicon Valley...The CEOs should emphasize to Modi that they will vigorously oppose any laws that weaken access to strong encryption and anonymity and compromise the privacy of their users...On September 22, the Indian government hastily withdrew a draft policy on encryption after criticism that it would make Internet users more vulnerable to data breaches and crime.

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