Data protection and data privacy would be addressed by the soon-to-be-introduced Data Protection Law

“We will come up with data protection law that will set a global benchmark like the way we have done for Aadhaar,” Mr. Prasad said on September 9 at a session organised by Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Panda on privacy and data protection. The Minister said the government has formed a committee to give a structured report on data utility, data privacy and data availability.

“That committee is to give a report in coming three months. I want to assure you that we respect data sovereignty of Indians but we also appeal to Indians that your data must be made available also for legitimate concerns, legitimate interest and for development of India,” Mr. Prasad said. He said data of people should be available for innovation and research.

The Minister said India’s digital economy is going to be $1 trillion and stakeholders of the economy have said it will become $2 trillion in the next 5-7 years. “The projection is 50-75 lakh jobs will be created only in digital economy in coming 5-7 years apart from giving taxes,” Mr. Prasad said. Digital transactions increased from 3,700 per day in November 2016 to 54 lakh per day at present, he added.

Enumerating achievements of the government in the last three years, he said 93 mobile manufacturing companies have come in India and there is scope for medical, defence, automobile and electronics in the country. “The reason why I very briefly gave the (information on) whole digital ecosystem is how should we go forward? Should we go forward in the name of privacy to kill it? Should we stop it or should we not stop it? That is indeed a challenge,” Mr. Prasad said. He said the information technology revolution is also to be respected, accelerated and in this larger framework issue of privacy has to be considered.

“In a strict sense, in a conservative sense…since I am also law minister and the matter is pending (before court), I will be guarded in my comment but in strict sense what you do in your house is your privacy,” Mr. Prasad said.

India’s data protection law will be a robust law which can become a benchmark in the case of data security globally. The Supreme court under the privacy judgement has made a very important observation that privacy is the biggest shield of the corrupt and the terrorist, therefore the balance has to there. And India with its 1.3 billion population, our data availability should lead to proper data innovation.

Source: Economic Times

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