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Online Policy Roundtable on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture

  • Recently, during an online policy roundtable NASSCOM interacted with the industry.
  • The roundtable discussed NITI Aayog՚s draft discussion paper on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) .
  • The roundtable saw the participation from actual as well as potential stakeholders in the DEPA framework.
Online Policy Roundtable on Data Empowerment

Program of Roundtable

  • The discussion during the roundtable emphasized on the points with respect to the implementation roadmap for DEPA mission.
  • It also raised questions about foreseeable challenges in the operationalization of DEPA.
  • The following issues were highlighted by the participants:

Operationalizing DEPA

  • There is a need to ensure timely onboarding of stakeholders, especially, information providers to get the DEPA operational as soon as possible.
  • There is a need for alignment of incentives amongst various stakeholders in order to ensure that the quality of services is maintained across the ecosystem and data sharing happens effectively.
  • There is a need to ensure both high-quality and high-variety data sharing for developing some of the solutions envisaged under the draft discussion paper.
  • Currently the DEPA stops at enabling the availability of data, without considering ways of enabling higher-variety and quality of data;
  • Though the discussion paper highlights that the consent manager would be a separate entity engaged only in the business of consent management and it will also be data blind, there is need for detailing in the paper to ensure implementation
  • Simplifying the architecture for asking for granular consent without making it too burdensome on the data principal.

Institutional Coordination for DEPA

  • There is a need to highlight the role of sectoral regulators in implementing the DEPA and the need for creation of a dedicated channel of communication between the regulator and stakeholders for continuous improvement, given the evolutionary nature of DEPA.
  • Sectoral regulators should enable participation of more entities as an information provider/user (for example, credit bureaus) , and providing an enabling legislative framework for leveraging the consent-based data sharing framework in the most valuable way.
  • There is a need to establish data security standards that need to be followed by stakeholders, and the need for an authority to monitor the implementation of these standards (possibly the Data Protection Authority (DPA) proposed to be established under the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019) .
  • There is a need for greater awareness among data principals about their rights and consequences of sharing or not sharing data, the availability of consent management services etc.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 21, 2021

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