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A Study of the Privacy Attitudes of the Users of the Social Network(ing) Sites and Their Expectations from the Law in India

International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications
ISDA 2017: Intelligent Systems Design and Applications pp 1038-1051 | Cite as

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In an era of information revolution and Web 2.0 technologies, the Social Network(ing) Sites (SNSs) have become a popular medium for the freedom of expression, the networking and maintaining the networks with the strangers and known others. A large amount of personal data is disclosed by the users intentionally or unknowingly on these social networking sites. The protection of this data at residence and in motion and its further processing by SNSs and their third parties is a cause of concern. In the present study, the attitude of Indian users of SNSs towards data privacy and their expectations from law in India have been explored and analyzed to validate the need for creation of a data privacy law in India. This study would provide timely guidance for policy makers who are currently engaged in framing a data protection framework on the directions of Supreme Court of India by following due process of law.


Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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