National Encryption Policy 2016


1 out of 5

September 2015: Proposed in September 2015, but withdrawn within 24 hours due to public furor with no date currently set to reintroduce

This terrible policy from India would compel any company in the country to grant the government access to all encrypted information stored on computer servers, including personal emails, text messages and data. The policy further instructed all users to to store encrypted communications for at least 90 days and make them available to security agencies. If we could score a piece of legislation lower than a 1, this proposal would certainly qualify.

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There was enough uproar from the public that lawmakers withdrew the proposal for reworking within 24 hours of introduction.


The door for reintroduction was left open, though future legislation is unlikely to be anything close to the original.

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