**Update : Govt Withdrwan the Draft Encryption Policy after backlash **
Communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar
Prasad announced the government’s decision at a news conference, saying
the draft National Encryption Policy will be reviewed before it is again
presented to the public for their suggestions.
“I read the draft. I understand that the manner in which it is
written can lead to misconceptions. I have asked for the draft policy to
be withdrawn and reworded,” Prasad said. He said the draft would be
re-released, but did not say when it would be made public.
“Experts had framed a draft policy…This draft policy is not the
government’s final view,” he added. “There were concerns in some
quarters. There were some words (in the draft policy) that caused
The draft will be reviewed and experts will be asked to specify to
whom the policy will be applicable, Prasad said. He did not say when the
new draft will be made public.
Those using social media platforms and web applications fell outside the scope of an encryption policy, Prasad said.
Several countries have felt the need for an encryption policy because
of the boom in e-commerce and e-governance, he remarked. “Cyber space
interactions are on the rise. There are concerns about security. We need
a sound encryption policy,” he said.
Govt seems to be testing waters . We need to proactively engage now to prevent similar one again.