As India inches ahead towards adopting a comprehensive data protection framework, stakeholders feels that it will herald a paradigm shift in the protection of privacy and data. Experts in the IT industry and research bodies feel that the Justice B. N. Srikrishna Committee report, submitted to the Centre on Friday, would go a long way in establishing a privacy protection mechanism.

“The report will be a key step towards building the important base of ‘trusted’ Digital India. The proposed Digital Protection Authority (DPA) as an independent regulatory body would be beneficial in the enforcement of the data protection law,” Vidur Gupta, Partner (Government and public sector) in research and consulting firm EY India, has said.

“The recommendation for bringing public entities under the ambit of law would not only strengthen the confidence of citizens but also define specific safety measures for their personal data while using eGovernance services,” he felt.

Prashant Gupta, Partner with Grant Thornton India, felt that the committee’s recommendations may have a significant impact on functioning of businesses and government agencies such as Aadhaar on the processing of personal data of individuals.

“Exemplary powers for the Central Government on personal data of foreign nationals will also define future business growth for different sectors in the country. A paradigm shift will happen that will bolster India in the global economy as it promises privacy and protection of personal data,” he felt.

Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, Country Manager India of BSA, the Software Alliance, felt the proposed Personal Data Protection Bill must avoid imposing undue restrictions on the ability to securely transfer personal data outside India.

“Our member companies are at the forefront of data-driven innovation and recognise the importance of fostering trust and confidence in the online environment. We support the effort to create a comprehensive legislation to protect the personal information of citizens,” he said.

“However, including data localisation requirements in such legislation is contrary to the goals of promoting Digital India, as global data transfers are critical to cloud computing, data analytics, and other modern and emerging technologies and services that underpin global economic growth,” he said.