We missed this earlier: In a September 2014 deal, the Indian government sold a copy of the country's entire vehicle registration database to a private Indian company. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) database sold, in objection of government officials around pricing, to Fast Lane Automotive Pvt. Ltd. These revelations were reported by The Reporters' Collective on the basis of RTIs filed by the Srinivas Kodali and Sreegireesh Jalihal. The deal was signed five years before MoRTH announced the official Bulk Data Sharing Policy of 2019 that opened up bulk data purchase to all buyers. This policy was scrapped in 2020 over privacy concerns, but Fast Lane continues to have to the data. In 2014, the Ministry proposed to share the Vahaan and Sarathi databases, which contain vehicle registration data and driving license data, to buyers at a price of Rs 1 crore a year. The deal was based on a proposal from Fast Lane and did not involve a tender or bidding process. The same year, MoRTH requested the Ministry of Law & Justice to approve a tripartite agreement between the ministry, FLA, and National Informatics Centre. MoRTH appears to have sidelined the NIC, after growing impatient with delays in NIC's approval coming through. Months after the contract was signed, the NIC had raised security and privacy concerns over the issues with sharing bulk data to private players. FLA continues to have access to the data under the rescinded contract with the government. In a 2016 note…
- RBI’s Annual report 2023: Digital rupee project to be expanded to more cities and banks May 31, 2023
- Indian telecom regulator warns principal entities to comply with directives on spam or risk being blocked May 31, 2023
- Six key points from the revised guidelines for education ads by Advertising Standards Council of India May 31, 2023
- How Generative AI can help preserve generational knowledge, UNESCO discusses May 31, 2023
- Should we have sectoral regulation for safe harbor and how will it work? #NAMA May 31, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Is it safe to consider all "publicly available data" as public?
PhonePe launched an e-commerce buyer app for ONDC called Pincode. We, however, believe that it should also launch a seller app.
Amazon announced that it will integrate its logistics network and SmartCommerce services with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?
After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...
Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...