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India's tech industry up in arms over proposed data privacy law

Critics say bill will hit small companies and gives government too much power

E-commerce, social media, banking, finance, insurance and health care companies would be the most affected by the Personal Data Protection Bill. (Nikkei montage)

BANGALORE -- Proposed rules to regulate the way companies handle customers' personal data has received a mixed response from India's private sector, with some businesses praising it as necessary to protect privacy and others complaining that it will adversely impact their operations.

India's Personal Data Protection Bill seeks to protect consumers' financial details, biometric data, caste, religious and political beliefs and other personal information from unauthorized access -- although, controversially, state agencies are exempt under certain circumstances.

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