08 Aug India Likely to Change Publishing of Voter List After Data Privacy Law
Legal experts said this week that India’s Election Commission may change the way it publishes its list of voters if the privacy bill being drafted by the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee becomes a law.
At present, the EC publishes on its website the voter’s gender and voter ID, information which is considered to be personal and sensitive.
It is said that the EC does this to prevent electoral fraud. However, the draft privacy bill would require the EC to obtain specific and explicit consent from the voters.
Alok Prasanna Kumar, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, pointed out that making such data public is not the source of harm, but rather the accessibility of it to bad actors who can cause harm.
Source: Economic Times India