GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1659
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11.03.2016
Securing data ecosystem created under Digital India
1659. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-
(a) whether Government proposes to enact a data privacy legislation with a view to ensure that the vast data ecosystem created through Digital India is secured;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether Government is aware of the fact that personal data of over 3,00,000 Aadhaar applicants in Maharashtra was leaked in 2013 due to inadequate privacy and data protection guidelines; and
(d) if so, the specific time-line by which Government intends to ensure that Digital India is bolstered by a robust privacy architecture?
Further, the bill namely “The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery Of Financial And Other Subsidies, Benefits And Services) Bill, 2016” introduced in Lok Sabha on 3rd March 2016 contains a chapter relating to protection of information collected and stored by UIDAI and correspondingly a separate chapter on offences and penalties thereto.
(c) and (d): Aadhaar data of residents (who gave their consent for sharing their data with banks for account opening, during Aadhaar enrolment) was shared with banks in a secured manner for the purpose of opening of their bank accounts by banks. There was no leakage of data or inadequate privacy and data protection issue.