Indian Government wants open access to non-personal data of citizens

Government to drive economic activities from non-personal data.

The government of India wants to use non-personal data for the public good, as per a report by Tech2. If the measures are finalized then e-commerce, social media, and retail companies will have to equip the Centre with all anonymized and aggregated non-personal data. The bill will also tackle topics such as intermittent liability of social media platforms, and data localization and storage issues. The move is also influenced by a report on non-personal data handling by a committee headed by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan.

Indian Government wants open access to non-personal data of citizens
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The data can be classified into two broad types- personal and non-personal. Personal data will comprise information such as name, age, gender or phone number, identify an individual. On the other hand, Non-personal data is any data that is not personal data.

“The thought process of the government is that it should have access to all non-personal, aggregate and anonymized data at all times and on-demand, the data doesn’t necessarily need to be stored with the government but it should be able to regulate how, when and where the data is being used,” said a top government source.

Companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Walmart-owned Flipkart will have to submit non-personal data to the government if the plan is implemented. “The government wants to regulate how, when and where the data is used, shared and stored. Also, it wants to have the sovereign right of aggregate data,” said a source.


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