Govt may define ‘ownership’ of non-personal data

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Govt may define ‘ownership’ of non-personal data

  • Governments can define “ownership” of non-personal data held by big-tech platforms if they refuse to share such data with a regulator as proposed in draft National Data Governance Framework.

About the framework

  • It was announced by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY)
  • It looks at acquiring non-personal data from Government and persuading private companies to share this data to benefit start-ups in the country.
  • Draft proposes India Data Management Office (IDMO)
  • To ensure private companies share non-personal data
  • The Gov. will share all non-personal data in its possession with it.
  • Then it will request private companies to share certain datasets with IDMO.
  • If they refuse, govt. might get into ownership of such data and how private companies can claim exclusive ownership over it.

What an idea!

  • Idea of harnessing economic benefits from non-personal datasets was first proposed by the Kris Gopalakrishnan committee .
  • It recommended identification of certain “high value datasets”, which can be shared for encouraging innovation and ensuring national security.

Prelims Take Away

  • IDMO
  • Kris Gopalakrishnan committee