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India withdraws encryption bill

New Delhi, septmber 23: Indian Government finally withdrawn the Encryption Bill .IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the proposals were released to the public without his knowledge.The new law would have forced Indians to store plain-text versions of their encrypted data for 90 days and make it available to security agencies.
 

The draft policy sparked outrage on social media, as most messaging services use some form of encryption.The encryption policy was proposed to enhance information security in India.
 

On Monday night the government exempted social media applications from the draft policy after social media outrage.
 

The "draft encryption policy is not the final view of the government.
It will be redrawn to specify who it will apply to," Mr Prasad told on Tuesday.
 

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