Sunday, August 21, 2011

Privacy And Data Protection Law Firms In India

Of late, privacy and data protection issues have assumed importance from the commercial and legal point of views. Commercially privacy and data protection are required to be protected to retain strategic advantage. Legally privacy and data protection are required to be protected under the laws of various jurisdictions.

Privacy is a concept that is unknown to Indian culture. However, slowly and steadily it has started gaining importance. When i talk about privacy, it not only includes the traditional privacy requirements but the more demanding requirements of our present times as well.

In the age of Internet and social networking, privacy has assumed a totally different meaning. There are many privacy violations in cyberspace and the role of good techno legal lawyers and law firms is very apparent in punishing the offenders.

According to B.S.Dalal, partner at New Delhi based ICT and IP law firm Perry4Law and a techno legal expert, “Techno legal privacy protection, data protection and data security lawyers and law firms are limited in nature. As far as India is concerned, we have no dedicated privacy, data protection and data security law. This is a serious limitation that is resulting in poor privacy, data protection and data security legal practice in India”.

However, sooner or later regulatory framework for privacy and data protection in India would be required. Further, disputes regarding privacy and data protection would also increase in future. This would require techno legal expertise on the part of lawyers and law firms.

The outsourcing industry must pay a special attention to the techno legal requirements of privacy, data protection and data security issues. Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) have strongly recommended formulating and adopting best practices by stakeholders in this regard.

The Search Engine Quality Of Google Is Deteriorating

Up to some time before, Google was considered synonymous with search engine results. However, the picture is fast changing now when competitors are fast catching up with the quality of Google and are challenging its market share.

Have you noticed that the search results in Google search engine do not reflect the correct and true picture? If you are a blogger and using the blogspot platform, you must have also realised that your posts are appearing only after a period of 2/3 days.

Further, in the past there are clear cut examples of Google censoring and filtering news and search results, at least in India. Further, Google has also been messing up with search placements whether by default or otherwise.

Now consider the search engines like Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo. They have acquired a good reputation and goodwill among the users due to their consistency and lack of censorship activities.

I analysed the four search engines with a common search query and was surprised to find how Google simply does not index the blog posts that were immediately picked up by other search engines.

I also checked the webmaster tool of Google but there were no indexing errors or errors of other type that could have resulted in non indexing or poor indexing of blog posts. Naturally, either Google’s algorithm has been deteriorated to a level that would ultimately affect it reputation and usage or it is deliberately censoring and manipulating the results.

Either way this is too much for users like me who prefer to shift to other search engines for getting legitimate, genuine and good results. My personal ranking for search engines, for the time being, is Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Bing and Google.

Cyber Security Law Firms In India

Technology has brought its own share of legal challenges for both law makers and lawyers. For law makers, technology has posed a challenge of enacting suitable laws that can meet the challenges of misuse of technology. For lawyers, technology has come as an unexplored area that they have to understand, apply and argue in courts and corporate environment.

Take the example of India. There are very few cyber law firms in India or cyber law lawyers in India who can understand and apply the same. Even the cyber law consultants in India are handfuls that are serving the corporate entities.

One area that has recently interested the legal community pertains to cyber security. Although cyber security as a legal field has started gaining attention of foreign lawyers and law firms yet cyber security law firms in India or cyber security lawyers in India are still missing.

Of course, exception in the form of Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) can be found in India. Perry4Law is the exclusive techno legal ICT and IP law firm of India that has acquired international reputation in the fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, etc.

B.S.Dalal, partner at Perry4Law opines, “One positive development that I have recently noted about these techno legal fields is that lawyers and law firms have started exploring the areas like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, etc. Although the number of such lawyers/law firms is negligible yet the growing interest in the techno legal fields would increase such numbers in future”.

Further, techno legal issues would also change the way traditional businesses and transactions would be carried out in future. For instance concepts like cyber insurance, online dispute resolution, e-courts, digital evidencing and e-discovery, media forensics, cyber forensics, etc would be very much used in future, says B.S.Dalal.

Indian legal fraternity must start exploring techno legal fields that would take tremendous time, energy and efforts to understand and apply. The sooner it is done the better it is for the legal fraternity of India.

Want Better Search Results Try DuckDuckGo and Yahoo

Of late the search results of Google India have messed up badly. If you are a blogger who is blogging for years, you must have already noticed poor placement of your blog posts at Google’s search engine.

As a matter of fact other search engines like DuckDuckGo, Yahoo and Bing are producing much better results. There can be many reasons for this poor listing of blog posts at Google.

These include censorship on behalf of Google under government pressure, manipulation by rouge employees at Google, spam blog posts by a particular blogger, discrimination in favour of commercial entities by Google, poor search engine optimisation (SEO) by concerned blogger, non qualitative and repetitive contents, etc.

Initially it was content farming and splogs that caused trouble for Google, now its poor search algorithm is bringing bad name for it. Google must pay special attention to its Indian operations as they are not up to the mark and are not meeting the Google’s philosophy and corporate policy.

In these circumstances it would be a better option for SEO companies and bloggers to target other search engines like DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Bing, etc as presently they are providing more relevant, unbiased and specific search results than Google.