Background and summary
The Government of India through the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has formed the Justice Srikrishna Committee of Experts (link to composition of the committee) to suggest a framework for data protection in India (concerns on composition). The expected outputs of this committee is a data protection bill that would then be taken to Parliament to be enacted into a lage (link). The committee released a white paper that runs into 233 pages and poses 231 questions (full pdf copy) inviting public comment. Previously a short six-page summary was prepared and released on the various issues listed in the paper given it’s length and scope, to encourage wide public & expert engagement (View the Google Doc or Download as a PDF).
Comments on the Srikrishna Committee
The Internet Freedom Foundation submitted comments to the Whitepaper which are available below. Our submission advocates for a user rights based data protection law which extends our fundamental right to privacy. Our submission draws and adopts a detailed submission by twenty academics and lawyers which was supported and signed on by some IFF trustees.