New Delhi: The Center will launch a brand new citizen data governance framework that will set standards for its storage, collection and use only by the government, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics, told ET and IT, following harsh criticism of the previous one. India Data Accessibility and Use Policy, which was opened for public consultation in February.

In response to widespread concern over the sharing of citizen data and its subsequent monetization by government agencies, the Center has now revised the bill which will henceforth be called National Data Governance Framework and Policy, the minister said.

ET reviewed a copy of the new policy which removed the “monetization” provisions and will not apply to private entities. It must be put out for public consultation in the coming week.

“The comments on the previous policy called ‘Data Accessibility and Use in India’ was that the name itself (was) misunderstood, it almost seemed like it was a data sharing policy, which was not the case. We have now redesigned the policy framework,” Chandrasekhar said.

The revised framework clarifies that restricted datasets like those of Aadhaar, the unique identity number, will not be part of global data sharing, he added.

The brand new legislation will form part of the government’s ambitious Digital Legislation Architecture, which also includes the Personal Data Protection Bill, Cybersecurity Policy and an upcoming new Digital Act.

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The government is also in the process of amending the 22-year-old IT law with a new, modern law.

“What you see today are the building blocks of the overall architecture for the next 10 years of India’s tech economy,” Chandrasekhar said.

The policy also envisages the establishment of an Indian Data Management Office (IDMO) modeled on the US Federal Data Management Office. “He will be responsible for defining all future standards, rules and guidelines on all aspects of data, including storage and anonymization,” according to the minister.

The plethora of datasets that will now be available – in an anonymized format – will refine and aid the country’s governance mechanisms and provide a $100-150 billion opportunity for intelligence startups. artificial, he added.

Main concerns

The government, which was seeking to make better use of the big data it collects for public service delivery, had sought comments on India’s data accessibility and use policy until March 18.

The policy was criticized by experts who argued that since data protection law has not yet been implemented, there were no security safeguards for anonymization, breach of privacy and economic incentive.

Chandrasekhar said the new policy addressed those concerns. “IDMO will be responsible for ensuring that standards for anonymization are established and that they do not allow for any de-anonymization.”

He also said any overlap with the Personal Data Protection Bill will be addressed.

Emphasizing that as India’s digital economy grows alongside greater digitalization of governance with utility assets like Aadhaar, UPI and Co-WIN, the Minister said, “There is clear justification to have a national governance framework and policy to deal with the problems. establish standards for the storage, collection, accessibility of computer systems and network access to data within government.

Additionally, the new framework should provide a roadmap for using data for the next wave of technological innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence.

“AI is a kinetic enabler of the digital economy; we can create an additional $100 billion to $150 billion in startup opportunities in this space. We understand these opportunities, the data exists. But how do we create the do’s and don’ts of how this data is used to benefit AI? said Chandrasekhar.

“This framework, as its title suggests, will (also) decide how data is used for governance,” he added.

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