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The Union Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) constituted an expert committee to study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods for addressing them.

Committee to Study Data Protection Issues

Committee to Study Data Protection Issues

Committee to Study Data Protection Issues

  • Ten-member committee comprising of members from government, academia, and industry.
  • Headed by Supreme Court Retired Judge Justice B N Srikrishna
  • Includes representatives from the department of telecommunications (DoT), the IT ministry, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the academic community
  • Ministry of electronics and information technology to be a driving force

Objectives

  • Study and identify key data protection issues
  • Recommend methods for addressing protection issues
  • Suggest a draft Data Protection Bill

Background

  • Protection of citizens’ data required for big boost to Digital economy.
  • Wave of privacy and data breaches from corporates such as McDonalds, Reliance Jio and Zomato to government agencies leaking Aadhaar of over 100 million citizens.
  • The IT ministry assisted by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy working towards data protection legislation.

What’s is Vidhi Centre?

Vidhi is a not-for-profit company set up under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. A legal think-tank who helped draft the Aadhaar Act of 2016 and the recent Bankruptcy Code

  • Assisting government with better laws.
  • Works with Ministries of the Government of India and State providing research and drafting support
  • Work conducted by the Public Law, and Financial Regulation & Corporate Law verticals.
  • Disseminates independent research critical to India’s future.

Vidhi Centre’s Areas of Research

  • Judicial Reform: Data-driven approach for reforms addressing problem of judicial delays.
  • Health, Environment and Law: Conducts empirical, interdisciplinary research involving environmental and public health issues.
  • Education Law: Conducts legal research on enforceability of the Right to Education Act, and school regulation.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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