April 10, 2020

Need to strike right balance between public health and individual’s right to privacy

In this article, Venkatesh Hariharan makes the case for striking the right balance between privacy rights and data surveillance during COVID-19 times. Excerpts:


"At this moment, when all of India is faced with a 21-day lockdown (and perhaps a partial lockdown after 21 days), that is estimated to cost $120 billion, privacy seems to be the least of our worries. However, privacy is a fundamental right of every citizen and the state has the primary responsibility of upholding this right."


On keeping privacy and good data governance practices at the centre of data collection:


"Wherever data is collected by the state, it must be the minimum required to get the job done. For example, self-testing apps should not collect personally identifiable information, except essential information like age, and gender. This data should be deleted after the crisis is over."


Read the full article here.

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