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Data protection law will bring clarity and help research: Kris Gopalakrishnan


Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys and head of the Expert Panel on Non-Personal Data Governance Framework, said data protection laws will benefit future research.

“One of the reasons we need a data protection law is to make data available for research. Typically, the data available for research is anonymous data and population-level data. Making the data available in a reliable format, in a format useful for research, is where data protection laws, I think, will actually help, ”he said when interacting with media following the 2021 Infosys Science Awards announcement.

He further explained that having a draft data protection law will help clarify and put in place a process to make this data available. “If you look at the non-personal data protection guideline framework that we created, it talks about making datasets available for research as a shared infrastructure. So I think data protection laws will make this data available for research in a predictable way, which protects people’s privacy, ”he said.

Gopalakrishnan headed a commission on the draft law on the protection of non-personal data, which submitted its report to the government a few months ago. One of the recommendations made by the committee was the need to have an authority to review data protection. The media also said the government will have to decide whether there will be a single authority that will handle non-personal and personal data.

The Joint Committee of Parliament has not yet tabled the draft law on personal data during the current winter session of Parliament. The PTI report indicates that the JPC reviewing the bill had time until the last week of the current winter session to submit its report.

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