03 Aug India Government Forms Committee to Draft a Data Security Bill
New Delhi — It was reported last Tuesday that the Indian government has assembled an official committee to draft a data protection bill, following the rapid growth of digital industries amid looming privacy issues.
The formation of the committee was prompted by concerns related to Aadhaar implementation, making it mandatory for citizens to register biometric information to be used across government services. Citizens have expressed concern over the possibility of private information being compromised.
The panel, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice B N Srikrishna, is tasked to make informed suggestions based on crucial principles that must be central to the protection of private information.
India follows the Information Technology (IT) Act, but it does not cover information security involving information theft that’s important for government agencies and businesses with increased online presence.
Data privacy and security debates have been raised, especially after Aadhaar numbers were seen posted on government websites.