Ten Member committee of experts to deliberate on data protection framework

Vastavam web: The government has constituted a 10-member committee of experts to deliberate on a data protection framework for the country, according to a statement issued by the IT ministry.The move assumes significance on account of growing digital transactions as also the rising concerns around safety of personal data of citizens.The panel, headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, former Judge of Supreme Court, will make specific suggestions to the government on principles to be considered for data protection and also suggest a draft data protection bill.

“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,” it said.The terms of reference of the committee include studying various issues relating to data protection, recommending principles that need to be considered for data protection in India and suggesting a draft data protection bill.”The Committee shall endeavor to submit its report as expeditiously as possible,” it added.