Committee to Study Data Protection Issues (Important)

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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
  • 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.

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