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Justice Krishna to head data protection committee

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Cyber SecurityRecognising the importance of data protection and keeping personal data of citizens secure and protected, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY),  has constituted a Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice B N Srikrishna, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and comprising of members from Government, academia and industry to study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods for addressing them.

The 10 member committee will recommend a framework for securing personal data in the digitised economy so that privacy concerns can be addressed.

The panel which draws its members from government, academia and industry will study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods to address them.

An office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT said: “The government is cognizant of the growing importance of data protection in India. The need to ensure growth of the digital economy while keeping personal data of citizens secure and protected is of utmost importance.”

The panel will make specific suggestions to the government on principles to be considered for data protection in India and “also suggest a draft data protection bill”, it said.

The panel also includes Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecom; Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India; Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, IT Ministry; Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator; and Rajat Moona, Director, IIT Raipur.

Dr Ajay Kumar tweeted the information.

The committee will also suggest a draft Data Protection Bill. Protection of Data is expected to provide big boost to Digital economy of the country.

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