Governance , Legislation & Litigation , Privacy

Why India Needs a Stronger Data Sovereignty Policy

Governing Council Member Vinit Goenka on Steps Required to Help Protect Democracy
Why India Needs a Stronger Data Sovereignty Policy
Vinit Goenka, governing council member of IT Task Force-Ministry of Railways.

In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, India needs a strong data sovereignty policy to regulate data storage and use, says Vinit Goenka, governing council member of IT Task Force-Ministry of Railways.

"This data which that was exploited by them [Cambridge Analytica] for a political gain can influence behavioral patterns here - that can be social, medical and financial - and that can impact not only the economic side but also the social and political behavior of individuals. We see this as a great threat to democracy," Goenka says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

The nation needs a strong data sovereignty policy requiring all data on Indians to reside within the country, as called for under the recently unveiled draft of a data protection bill. That will better enable law enforcement agencies to take action against those who misuse data, he says (see: Data Protection Bill Draft Released).

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Goenka discusses:

  • What the Cambridge Analytica scandal means for information security;
  • The need for a data governance framework;
  • The need for a policy to regulate data storage and usage.

Goenka is a member of the governing council for the Center for Railway Information Systems, Ministry of Railways. He is a member of the IT Taskforce under the ministries of shipping, road transport and highways. He is also the secretary for the Center for Knowledge Sovereignty, a think tank on policies, and chairman of the Association of MSMEs in Information Technology. He is the former national co-convener for the IT cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party.




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