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Over 150 activists and experts write to Srikrishna Committee; demand transparency

Over 150 activists, academicians, lawyers and software professionals, among others, have written to the Justice B.N. Srikrishna data protection committee, demanding the panel to be more transparent about its deliberations. "We write to you with serious concern regarding the fact that the policy framework for data protection is being developed by overriding established democratic practices," the letter says. The letter pointed out that the draft Data Protection bill, which the committee has been tasked with creating, has not been released in the public domain. On Tuesday, MediaNama reported that the IT Ministry had refused to disclose the draft bill — and other submissions sent to the committee — under the RTI Act. Read: What to expect from the Srikrishna Data Protection Bill "Selective leaks" The letter pointed out that the government's Pre-legislative consultation policy requires deliberations and submissions during any consultative process…

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