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Like Aadhaar, data protection law will also set a global benchmark: Prasad

Said digital transactions increased from 3,700 per day in Nov 2016 to 54,00,000 per day at present

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad

and IT Minister on Saturday said the will come up with a robust data protection that will set a global benchmark.

"We will come up with data protection that will set a global benchmark like the way we have done for Aadhaar," Prasad said at a session organised by Biju MP Baijayant Panda on privacy and data protection.

The minister said the has formed a committee to give a structured report on data utility, data privacy and data availability.

"That committee is to give a report in coming three months. I want to assure you that we respect data sovereignty of Indians but we also appeal to Indians that your data must be made available also for legitimate concerns, legitimate interest and for development of India," Prasad said.

He said data of people should be available for innovation and research.

The minister said India's digital economy is going to be $1 trillion and stakeholders of the economy have said it will become $2 trillion in the next 5-7 years.

"The projection is 50,00,000 to 75,00,000 jobs will be created only in digital economy in coming 5-7 years apart from giving taxes," Prasad said.

The minister said increased from 3,700 per day in November 2016 to 54,00,000 per day at present.

Enumerating achievements of the in the last three years, he said 93 mobile manufacturing companies have come in and there is scope for medical, defence, automobile electronics in the country.

"The reason why I very briefly gave the (information on) whole digital ecosystem is how should we go forward? Should we go forward in the name of privacy to kill it? Should we stop it or should we not stop it? That is indeed a challenge," Prasad said.

He said the information technology revolution is also to be respected, accelerated and in this larger framework issue of privacy has to be considered.

"In a strict sense, in a conservative sense...Since I am also law minister and the matter is pending (before court), I will be guarded in my comment but in strict sense what you do in your house is your privacy," Prasad said.

The minister said the judgement has said is not an absolute right.

"On behalf of the government we also said it (privacy) is not an absolute right but part of Article 21," Prasad said.

The minister quoted from the apex court judgement that "Like the right to life and liberty, privacy is not absolute. The limitations which operate on the right to life and personal liberty would operate on the right to privacy".

He said the apex court judgement on privacy is a landmark judgement.

First Published: Sat, September 09 2017. 22:39 IST