After being denied information requested through an RTI, activists have written to panel chairperson Justice B.B. Srikrishna demanding access to details on meetings held.
Until It Shines Light on Nature of Mass Surveillance, India’s Data Protection Committee Will Fail To Do its Job
The job of the committee of experts should be to provide insight and evidence on what is otherwise not accessible to those of us outside the government.
If the Centre endorses states having the right to control access to their own records, it will also be forced to have a relook at the RTI Act, 2005.
As the Justice Srikrishna committee goes about its job, it is important to understand that fusing European-style regulation with a coercive Indian political system is a recipe for disaster.
The panel had been set up on July 31 following the government’s decision to make Aadhaar compulsory for all its services.
Is it time to change tactics with regard to privacy and Aadhaar? It seems likely that the Act will be upheld as constitutional, when looked at whether it falls foul of our fundamental right to privacy.
While Justice Kaul’s opinion identifies a ‘right to be forgotten’, India’s upcoming data protection framework needs to resolve a number of hurdles before we carve out such a right.
The judgment will need to reinvigorate a conversation on how today’s data protection models need to be reconsidered in light of the changing dynamics of information privacy.
The Supreme Court’s upcoming verdict on the right to privacy could have a serious impact on society.
The committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna, will also suggest a draft data protection bill.
Digital payments are largely one-sided click-wrap agreements that come with an absence of data and legal protection.