In view of the rising cases of cybercrime and the mission to increase digitization in the country, the government has formed a new panel that will look into the existing and potential data protection issues and prepare a draft data protection bill. This is the first step that the government hopes will pave the way for increased digitization in the country. It will also help deal with the privacy concerns that have been raised in recent times. Already, various petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the government’s various schemes such as Aadhaar. The expert committee constituted to prepare a draft data protection bill will be headed by former SC judge B.N. Srikrishna.
The UIDAI, the official government Aadhaar agency told the Supreme Court today that there was an urgent need for a comprehensive law on data protection. The UIDAI informed the nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court about the new expert committee that has been created to identify “key data protection issues” and suggest a draft data protection bill. Responding to the question whether privacy is a fundamental right or not, UIDAI said that privacy is not fundamental and that it is subjective and dependent on human behavior. UIDAI said that if privacy is given the status of a fundamental right, it would be detrimental for the nation and defeat the government’s efforts for good governance.