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#NAMA: Is defining non-personal data possible? Is anonymising it a good idea?

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The first issue with defining non-personal data as the negative of personal data is that personal data is not in a crystallised form in the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, said a speaker at MediaNama’s roundtable discussion on non-personal data. The second issue is that segregation of personal and non-personal data is close to impossible as there are mixed data sets in the age of digital markets, IoT and Big data. Citing the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, another participant said that non-personal data is “100% of the pie with the personal data removed from it”, as participants deliberated whether or not non-personal data was a viable category to begin with. (Note: The discussion was held under the Chatham House Rule; quotes have not been attributed to specific people. Quotes are not verbatim and have been edited for clarity and…

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