The revised Report introduces key changes to the proposed non-personal data framework including harmonising the legal framework applicable to personal and non-personal data, streamlining data sharing purposes, conceptualising high-value datasets, and modifying the data sharing mechanisms.
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) constituted a Committee of Experts (Committee) in September 2019, to deliberate and devise a framework for governing non-personal data (NPD). This Committee released an initial report (Initial Report) for public consultation in July 2020, which proposed the introduction of legislation governing NPD (NPD Legislation), to be enforced by an NPD authority (NPDA) and laid down key principles to be incorporated in the NPD Legislation.
On the basis of over 1500 representations and submissions from industry bodies, companies, civil society and independent experts, the Committee has released a revised report (Report) which modifies the previous framework and addresses several issues raised with respect to the Initial Report. Notably, the Revised Report aims to provide more clarity on the definition of NPD and its categorisation, attempts to delineate the difference in the governance of personal data (PD) and NPD, streamlines the data sharing purposes that are subject to regulation and modifies the data sharing mechanism. Public submissions on the Revised Report are being accepted till 27 January 2021.
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