The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has set up a committee headed by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan Committee to work on a data governance framework and suggest ways to regulate non-personal data. Background Justice BN Srikrishna committee, which had submitted its report and a draft on Personal Data Protection Bill in July 2018, took cognizance of non-personal data, but excluded anonymized data from the purview of the draft law, now the government is looking at ways to regulate such category of data that includes community data and anonymized data. Need? Kris Gopalakrishnan Committee

  • There is a growing trend towards the platformization of the digital economy, and in such a platform economy, data could play a critical role as a community or public resource.
  • There has also been some confusion over whether non-personal or anonymized data will be a part of the Personal Data Protection Bill, which is yet to be tabled in the Parliament.
Significance of non-personal data
  • Anonymized data, usually held by large commercial entities like cab-aggregators, e-commerce companies, etc. that use the community data generated on their platforms to improve their services.
  • If released in the open it can help policymakers and researchers to frame better policies in areas like traffic management or urban mobility.
Challenge It’s a grey area and no country has so far been able to come up with a policy on how to deal with such public data. Read More Articles: The Consumer Protection Bill Passed An Overview Of The Steps Taken For Data Localisation