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Srikrishna committee recommends that companies must seek consent of users before sharing details

July 13, 2018

The Justice BN Srikrishna committee, which has been entrusted with the task of preparing a framework for data protection in India, has recommended that companies be mandated to seek consent from users before sharing information provided by them.

It has also recommended provisions for imposing penalties in case of violations of data privacy norms.

The move is in line with Supreme Court verdict on Right to Privacy, which was declared as a fundamental right.

The panel is also taking reference from provisions announced in the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The European law that came into effect in May 2018 has provisions to impose fines of up to 20 million euros or as much as 4 per cent of the global revenue of an organisation.

The Srikrishna committee was constituted in 2017. The committee, in November 2017, released a white paper detailing aspects of the proposed framework and also sought comments. It had devoted a chapter to data localisation, saying this could help protect users’ rights and prevent foreign surveillance.


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