Every Society has inherent strength & weakness by virtue of their social value system. These value systems may lead to create an open or closed society and hence may act as a barrier to the regulatory landscape of any country. In the era of digital age based on their social values, experience and motivation to use the internet every individual is creating their own distinct pattern of identity that has diverse attributes. In the light of this phenomenon preserving the individuality and identity of a person is a complex issue. The magnitude of the problem is quite large in the world of social media and internet-connected devices that give the freedom to access and use the digital space quite ubiquitously. So, the purpose of this post is to understand the Privacy perception in Indian Society.
The Internet has become an important and ubiquitous feature of daily life in the developed world, over the past decade. As our world becomes an “information society”. The Internet enhances our lives in many ways, we are doing online transactions, online banking, online ticket booking, online flight booking, so everything is online and we are totally dependent on the internet. But, information about us is accessed, stored, manipulated, data-mined, shared, bought and sold, analyzed, and potentially lost, stolen or misused by countless government, corporate, public and private agencies, often without our knowledge or consent. When we communicate, interact, or even just go shopping, both online and ofﬂine, we leave data trails and digital footprints behind us, generating information about our lives and activities as we go. As recognition of this phenomenon grows, the issue of privacy has increased in salience.
Privacy is always been an emerging aspect of any society. It means the state of being alone, free and not watched or disturbed by other people. In India, Privacy means little. To understand properly, Privacy perception in Indian Society, we need to go back to the cultural behaviour of India. India is a diverse country where diversity lies in a different culture, tradition, food habits, different behaviour, religion and cast. In India, we can not deny that most of the people who are considered uneducated or illiterate are financially poor and residing in backward districts. Now as we all know mobile penetration in India is very high because it allows people to communicate instantly. For similar reasons, TV and radio are too popular in India. So nowadays everyone has a mobile phone whether rich or poor.
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Culturally in India, most of the knowledge transferred from one generation to another orally. This knowledge may be about health, medicine, languages, behaviour, culture etc. Indians also have a habit of interfering with other people and sharing private information. Our society is basically stuck between the digital revolution and the right to privacy. As the country moves into the digital age, the Indian culture faces many challenges and understanding privacy. The majority of people felt that password to be the most protected and then debit card, credit card information. Even most of the people felt that health-related information, caste and religion, mobile phone number, bank balance were rated as less protected.
Most people felt that mobile phones are the best option to store personal information. Moreover, people felt that deleting personal information from their mobile phone can not be restored. In conclusion, we can say that Indian people are open-minded and the lack of education is the main problem for the Indian society.