05 Aug Indian Law Minister Expects Strong Data Protection Laws Enacted After Proposal
New Delhi — Solid data protection laws must be passed in India following the committee’s proposed framework for safeguarding personal information, according to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad last Friday.
Prasad stated it is crucial for the internet to maintain data security for all citizens to reap its benefits, stating communication and information is essential, but having a framework is significant in its development.
In his first comment following the assembly led by former Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna, Prasad said he is awaiting a strong data protection law based on the framework outlined in August 1.
The assembly was formed after heated privacy concerns regarding the mandatory use of Aadhaar as a biometric identification tool in accessing government services, including benefits and tax returns.
In a related response, the Ministry of Electronics and IT stated the government recognizes the necessity of data security in India. This will help digital enterprises grow while respecting citizens’ privacy rights.