India Stops Publishing Trade Data While Data Privacy Law Debate Continues

India Stops Publishing Trade Data While Data Privacy Law Debate Continues

It has been reported that India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) recently stopped publishing raw transactional trade data of every product being imported and exported by the country.

The trade database, which provided market intel for traders and businesses, also included information on defense imports. Fields of data such as product harmonized code, description of goods, port of origin, quantity, and value of goods, and the description of the good’s purpose were made public every week for years.

It is said that the database shutdown highlighted issues of transparency, privacy, national security, ownership and security of data controlled by various government departments even as the country debates data protection and information security.

Source: Asia Times

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