Justice Srikrishna Critiques Revised Data Protection BillHead of Panel That Drafted Original Measure Spells Out Objections to Revisions
In a video interview, Justice B.N. Srikrishna, chairman of India's Data Protection Committee, explains why he's disappointed with the revised draft of a data protection bill, which he says diluted most of the provisions that the committee had originally proposed.
For instance, he notes that the revised draft does not include the committee's recommendation to create a Data Protection Authority, and instead calls for creation of a privacy commission.
"What I noticed, which surprised me or dismayed me, was that there is an overriding power given to the home secretary of the state ... to ask for data irrespective of anything else, which means that the power of dictating things is in the hands of the government," he says.
In this video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Cybersecurity Summit in Mumbai, Srikrishna also discusses:
- Ambiguities in the revised draft concerning cross-border data transfer;
- The draft's proposal to create a privacy commission;
- Under what circumstances the draft would enable the designated authorities to access citizen's data.
Srikrishna is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was appointed chairperson of the Data Protection Committee that proposed a data protection framework for India. He also serves as chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Individual Insolvency & Bankruptcy.