Data governance

Central government to introduce new data governance framework, says Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India News News

The central government is to introduce a new data governance framework according to Union Minister of State for Electronics and Informatics, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

According to Chandrasekhar, “As we increase the digitalization of government, we need to create a harmonized setup across government for data management.”

“This will allow government and ministries to better design and target the effectiveness of public spending programs, whether in infrastructure or service delivery.”

“There needs to be a holistic approach to how laws are made; this framework lays out the architecture and institutionally defines the procedure for data storage access and anonymization (with respect to information held in the government ecosystem),” he added.

The Modi administration has prepared a draft that mentions guidelines on how government institutions analyze data within a broader government ecosystem.

Chandrasekhar said, “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. data, which was not the case. We have now redesigned the policy framework.

“It looks like a broader policy for data governance, as described in sections 1 and 2 [of the new policy], but the following sections are similar to the draft policy shared in February. But it’s unclear how the two policies will be linked,” said Apar Gupta, trustee of the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF).

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According to the policy, “The Indian Data Management Authority (IDMO) will be responsible for developing rules, standards and guidelines under the national data governance framework which will be issued periodically.”

“IDMO shall formulate all data/dataset/metadata rules, standards and guidelines in consultation with government departments, state governments and industry. IDMO will hold at least two semi-annual consultations and report cards for this purpose with representatives of state governments and industry,” he added.

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

“IDMO will be responsible for ensuring that anonymization standards are established and that they do not allow for any de-anonymization,” he added.

(With agency contributions)