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.