The industry wants careful regulation of non-personal data

NEW DELHI: The industry welcomed setting up a committee to look into the issue of non-personal data, but warned that such a policy should be carefully designed. Concerns about the possibility of disclosing non-personal data with the data protection bill had arisen following a question from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) about the outlines of a community-based, anonymous and of e-commerce owned by companies such as Uber, Google and Amazon.

"At least the committee's recommendation is likely to indicate that non-personal data will be outside the scope of the personal data protection bill and there will be wide-ranging consultations before a policy is formulated. If so, we welcome it," said its CEO. Security Council of India Rama Vendare.

The personal data protection bill should not be extended to include non-personal data and the government should not make it obligatory for companies to exchange data, Vedashree said. Instead, incentives for businesses to share it on a voluntary basis should be created, he suggested, adding: "The government can also promote open data." On Friday, MeitY set up a committee, led by Infosys co-founder S Gopalakrishnan, to discuss the issue of non-personal data. "Companies like Google or Amazon have invested a tremendous amount of effort in setting up businesses and servers to collect this information, so the government's policy to obtain this data must be reasonable and rational and respect financial authorities, "said Rahul Matthan, co-founder of the Trilegal law firm.

The government has many points of contact with people through state data collection services and the community data collected through these networks can be easily categorized and analyzed for the public good, he said. Commenting on the issue of Community data, Nasscom IT industry said the policy should take into account existing national data sharing and accessibility policy in 2012, according to which much of the non-sensitive data was created by the government using public resources but which remained "inaccessible". There is a need to improve the quality of Community data, making it more current and accessible, he had suggested.

Professor V Kamakoti of IIT-Madras said companies were keeping a large amount of data and if they had been made accessible, it could change the face of data research. However, the legal consequences must be understood and discussed.

"Kris (Gopalakrishnan) is the perfect leader for this. He is familiar with medical research and health use cases. This area should lead to a thoughtful policy. The stakes are high," Sharad said. Sharma iSPIRT think tank.

Ashish Agarwal, head of political support for Nasscom, said in addition to leading to broad consultation on the issue as well as the request, "the establishment of this committee brings some national cohesion to the issue of non-personal data, they have seen partial reflections on the issue, so this coherent approach of the government is certainly a very good measure. "