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Government’s approach to data is dangerous, says Justice Srikrishna

Justice BN Srikrishna

Justice B.N. Srikrishna believes that the government's approach to data as an asset is dangerous. He wants the public and civil society to put pressure on the government to pass a data protection law, believes that MeitY can now easily reveal details of public consultation on the Draft Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, and thinks linking Aadhaar to electoral rolls is a bad idea. Justice Srikrishna had headed the committee that had drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018. Speaking at Privacy Supreme, an event organised by the Mozilla Foundation and Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) to mark the second anniversary of the Puttuswamy judgement that upheld the right to privacy as a fundamental right on August 24, Justice Srikrishna gave his opinion on a variety of topics: On how data collation enables profiling: “The difficulty is not collection of data, particularly in regard to Aadhaar; the difficulty is that if you can collate the data, you can profile human beings. For example, it was being argued, and rightly so, that DNA, fingerprints are collected from all the people who have to be in the police station. Now, anytime a fingerprint is lifted from a crime scene, that is tied to this larger database. Now, this is one way of doing it. If the fingerprints of all the citizens are there, then it is easy to figure out who has committed the crime. Now similarly, if the DNA evidence is there, it’s easy to figure it out. Now look at the…

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