New Laws to Regulate State Tech Surveillance Needed, Says Justice BN Srikrishna; Legal Sector's Fee Income Has Risen by 62%

New laws to regulate state tech surveillance needed, says Justice BN Srikrishna. India's legal sector's fee income rises by over 62% in two years.

 

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New laws to regulate state tech surveillance needed, says Justice BN Srikrishna.

Privacy Matters: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led a panel that finalised a draft data protection Bill, has said that the government should frame new laws to regulate the monitoring of its citizens by state agencies that may use technology tools.

 

Pointing to the need for a separate legislation that governs the terms under which the government can resort to surveillance, Srikrishna said there should be clarity on "under what circumstances, who can do it, and what is the procedure" for such actions by the state.

 

"There is no law today which protects our privacy and nothing prevents an officer from taking away a citizen's data," he said.

 

Read his interview with ET Tech here.

India's legal sector's fee income rises by over 62% in two years.

Lawyering Up: The law business is once sector that has managed to evade a slowdown, thanks to a slew of new IBC- and GST-related cases and robust dealmaking by India Inc.

 

India's legal sector has increased its fee income by more than 62% in two years. The estimated value of the corporate legal market was worth $2.1bn in FY19, up from $1.3bn in FY17.

 

About two-thirds of the legal sector’s earnings in FY19 came from Indian corporate clients, with about $700mn from foreign companies doing business in the country. ET Consultancy