It has been a year since Digital India was launched—triggering several transformative programmes and investment flows into the technology sector. The initiative has captured the world’s imagination and has rightly catapulted India into the radars of most global technology players. But as more and more Indians go online and the internet starts wiring up the government and governance, there is sombre silence on one very crucial element—privacy.
The recent hacking of the Indian Railways’ website exposes the real and present risk posed when governments collect and hold data. Separately, there’s also under way a robust debate on individual and digital privacy, due to a multiplicity of events that have raised alarm.