National data governance framework aims to protect government and private data: MoS IT

Rajeev ChandrasekharMinister of State (MoS) for Electronics and Information Technology, told Parliament that the draft National Data Governance Framework was being finalized by the government.

According to the Minister, the Center has prepared the draft National Data Governance Framework Policy, which aims to ensure the security of non-personal and anonymized data of government and private entities, in addition to providing better access to the ecosystem. of research and innovation.

Chandrasekhar shared the information in a written response to a question on the operations of India’s Data Management Office (IDMO) during the Lok Sabha monsoon session on Wednesday.

According to reports, the draft includes plans for the establishment of IDMO under Digital India Corporation to create, oversee and reassess the policy as required.

Chandrasekhar explained that IDMO will work closely with selected ministries and state governments to standardize data management in each ministry in response to the issue.

According to him, the regulation would allow the “research and innovation ecosystem” to securely access non-personal and anonymized data from public and private sources.

He added that the IDMO would increase the capability and ability of each government agency to provide more non-personal data sets for public use.

Chandrasekhar said, “The policy aims to provide an institutional framework for data/datasets/metadata rules, standards, guidelines and protocols for sharing non-personal datasets while ensuring confidentiality, security and confidentiality. trust.”

“…this will expedite the inclusion of non-personal datasets hosted within government departments and private companies into the India Datasets programme,” the Minister added.

According to him, the policy aims to follow a “whole of government approach” to data governance. It was further stated that the development and implementation of the policy would emphasize a collaborative and participatory approach.

Earlier, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had interaction with more than 250 stakeholders from industry, start-ups, universities, think tanks, international alliances and government officials on policy.

While interacting with government officials, industry stakeholders sought clarification on the operations of IDMO. They asked about provisions such as access to annotated datasets for AI innovation, working with the private sector and social impact businesses to build data capacity, and other things. .

Key features of the draft National Policy on Data Governance Framework include modernization of government data collection, standardization of data management systems, application to all government departments and agencies, datasets and non-personal data and platforms, and the establishment of the Indian Data Management Office (IDMO).

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Additionally, the project places IDM as a key element of the digital government architecture which, in turn, will accelerate digital governance to maximize data-driven governance. It will provide greater scope for better and more informed decision-making, improved program/program evaluation, and more effective service delivery.

The framework aspires to standardize government data collection and management while catalyzing artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven research and an ecosystem of startups. Furthermore, it looks forward to accelerating the creation of common standards-based public digital platforms while ensuring privacy, security and trust.

In addition, State Governments will also be encouraged to adopt the provisions of the Policy and applicable rules, standards and protocols.

On May 26, 2022, MeitY published the draft National Data Governance Framework Policy available for public comment.