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Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy

Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy:

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) recently released the revised Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) and invited inputs on it before June 11th, 2022.

  • NDGFP replaces Draft India Data Accessibility and Use Policy, 2022.
  • The Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) aims to enhance access, quality, and use of data, in accordance with the emerging technology needs.
  • According to the ministry, this policy ensures the security of data and informational privacy. NDGFP standards and rules will cover all data collected and managed by any government entity.
  • In February 2022, ‘Draft India Data Accessibility and Use Policy, 2022’ was opened for public consultation but it was strongly criticized by many.
  • It proposed to allow the licensing and sale of public data by the government to the private sector.
  • An ‘India Data Management Office (IDMO)’ is proposed which will be responsible for framing, managing and periodically reviewing the Policy and also developing guidelines under this Policy.
  • IDMO will be set up under the Digital India Corporation (DIC) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • The IDMO will also prescribe data anonymization standards for both government and private entities that deal with data. This is to ensure that informational privacy is well maintained.
  • IDMO is allowed to charge user fees for its maintenance/ service.

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