Other nations will refer to India's data protection act: MoS IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Union IT minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said during a fireside chat at TechSparks 2023 that India is on a roll and is positively advancing towards the Techade.

Other nations will refer to India's data protection act: MoS IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Saturday September 23, 2023,

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India's Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 will set a good example for other nations to refer to, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, said at the 14th edition of TechSparks 2023.

The minister called the Act a defining architecture for personal data protection. While the world looks at the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as the gold standard on such a framework, India has created a framework that other countries would certainly refer to, according to Chandrasekhar.

The Act was introduced with two main intentions: one, to bridge the gap between businesses and other stakeholders; two, to trigger behavioural change and the attitude towards data protection, he said.

"India is on a roll towards the techade," said the minister, noting that India is slowly making the most of its technology capabilities.

There needs to be adequate laws and policies to bridge the gap between businesses and their consumers and the technology side of it will be addressed, Chandrasekhar noted during a candid chat with YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma.

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"We are the largest connected nation in the world and the largest consumers of data," the union minister said, adding that this has triggered the need to have adequate digital data protection policies in place.

India also creates the largest amount of data in the world. Digitisation of data, consumer lives, enterprises and the economy has grown at an unprecedented pace, and personal data lies at the heart of the revolution, Chandrasekhar said.

"There must be some dos and don'ts regarding how people deal with personal data," the IT minister added.

The Act will be an intermediary between the enterprises doing business on the internet and their consumers by preventing exploitation, according to Chandrasekhar.

Edited by Kanishk Singh