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.

What is the aim of the policy?

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.

What is the India Data Management Office (IDMO)?

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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