India to tighten data security laws

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has instructed government officials to move quickly and amend the country’s technology legislation so as to provide for tighter data security.

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has instructed government officials to move quickly and amend the country’s technology legislation so as to provide for tighter data security.

His move is in response to last week’s story in the Sun newspaper that claimed it had bought the account details of 1,000 UK banking customers from a corrupt call centre worker.

Singh said that his country’s burgeoning call centre and business process outsourcing industry – worth over £2.8bn – could have been the victim of a “media sting”, designed to destabilise the industry amid consumer concern in the West over offshoring.

India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies is already planning to tighten vetting procedures for staff who work in call centres and outsourcing companies.

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