India to get tough on foreign data security

Thursday, 26 August 2004, 9:16 AM EST

Indian IT body Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) has announced it is to examine its 860 member companies' security as businesses looking to outsource to the country express fears that data-protection practices aren't stringent enough in the country.

India currently has no data-protection standard similar to those found in Europe, leading some - including a group of Labour MEPs and trade union Amicus - to demand that the EC stretch the data-protection law to UK data held overseas, raising concerns over how secure UK citizens' data is once it's transferred to the subcontinent.

By Jo Best at Silicon.

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