Post data leakage reports: Govt seeks data security details from mobile makers

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: CERT

Mains level: Strategically important step by government.


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Direction to prevent leakage of data

  1. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has written to all 21 smartphone manufacturers operating in the country, including Chinese firms
  2. Why: To seek details of safety and security practices, architecture, frameworks, and standards put in place by manufacturers
  3. It is done to prevent leakage of data from handsets used by consumers

Objective of the exercise

  1. Through this exercise the government aims to scrutinise in hardware component as well as preloaded software and apps to find potential loopholes

Why this step?

  1. The step has implemented due to various cases of contacts and text messages being leaked in India as well as abroad
  2. According to government officals, further steps could be taken to contain the overall threat arising from “increasing Chinese business interest” in India
  3. The government is also undertaking a review of import of electronics and other IT products from China on account of fears about security and data leakages
Cyber Security – CERTs, Policy, etc
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