August 14, 2020

The definitions of community and community data are too broad

In this piece for The Financial Express, Prakhar Misra and Sharmadha Srinivasan argue that the current framework for community data in the Non-Personal Data report needs rethinking as the definition is too broad to be practically implementable.




"The definitions of community and community data are too broad. All anonymised personal data and data of “inanimate and animate things or phenomena” tied to a community is considered as community data. Thus, all datasets, from those owned by municipal corporations to raw, unprocessed data owned by telecom and e-commerce companies, could fall under this category.


The definition of a community is broad too—“any group of people that are bound by common interests and purposes involved in social/economic interactions”. An anonymised dataset of electricity bills of residents from a discom and another of users on a Facebook group—say, Manchester United fans—both qualify as community data. This is problematic on three levels—one conceptual, and two operational."


Read complete article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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