Cookies are of various kinds and all of them play different roles. Social media cookies work as a tagging mechanism that helps to track the pages that a user visits while using a particular website or page. Secondly, session cookie is also known as in memory cookie. They exist temporarily and tracks the navigation. It closes as soon as the user closes that particular site.
To date, there are no specific laws for cookies in every country. The EU cookie law, also known as the E-Privacy Directive is a way to ensure the management of data privacy in the European Union. This was passed in the year 2002 and was amended in the year 2009. However, it has been found that the implementation is not adequate.
COOKIE LAW IN INDIA
There are various kinds of cookies that are active on websites, every cookie needs different sets of rules and regulations. Third-party cookies are also involved sometimes. In India, there is no separate law applicable for cookies. In the case of K.S. Puttuswamy v union of India, it was held by the apex court that the right to privacy is guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution. Cookies are also covered under this right. There are various instances where some of the cookies are laid down without the consent of users, this action is arbitrary in nature. Keeping in mind the judgment of the Puttuswamy case, the companies do not make it mandatory to accept the cookies by the users.
Secondly, the Personal Data Protection Bill of 2019 has defined the term “personal data”. This has covered the scope of cookie but, it has not been mentioned directly in the bill. In the judgement of Puttuswamy, it was also held that the data controller should secure personal information from the deanonymised data.
Thirdly, the Indian Contract Act, 1872 states the legal obligations of the binding contracts. This means that agreeing to the terms and conditions of the cookies lead to a contract. Hence, the contract act plays a vital role between the data controller and the user. Further, the Competition and Consumer Act, 2010 also states some of the provisions that are related to Consumer Data Rights. This prevents unfair practices on both ends. This involves cookies as they hold the data collection. Though cookies are not yet considered as Private information in our country, the arbitrary usage of cookies has not been included in the legislatures completely.
WHAT IS THE NEED OF SUCH A LAW IN INDIA?
As privacy plays a vital role, it is necessary to enact a law related to cookies.The main objective of the cookie law that is the requirement in the country can be the right to private life, the confidentiality of communications and the protection of personal data in the e-world. Though the statutes state some of the facts, it is necessary to have full information and a proper set of rules and regulations. The cookie law will enable companies to formulate their websites in a particular way. Like EU Cookie law was enacted at first, then it got replaced, in the same way, India also needs a start to such enactments.
There can be a plethora of negative outcomes with the absence of the cookie law in India thus it features the need to form one considering the administrative holes to address the danger of anonymization that is being posted due to the absence of such a law in the country. When we create a dichotomy between GDPR and present legislations in India, we see that there is a dire need of cookie laws. What India requires qat the moment is not to impersonate the cookie law ordered by the EU and ought to rather form a law that will be comparable with its administrative scene, social directions, and business interests as per the functioning of the country. An Indian law can guarantee that the commitments of the organizations or the firms that includes information and data in their everyday work cannot really be diminished to make them comparable with the danger from their exercises. This law would limit the consistent expenses of the more modest firms guaranteeing that the expenses of keeping up with information protection don’t offset the advantages.
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