The Change Game: MeitY Resorts To Quick Fixes To Silence Experts

On February 21, 2022, the Ministry for Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) published the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022. Immediately, civil society experts pointed out several flaws concerning data privacy and security rights of citizens. To our shock, on March 6, 2022, we noticed MeitY had made substantial changes to the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022, during the consultation period, without any public acknowledgement. Effectively this resulted in multiple versions of it, contracted the consultation timeline, and confused stakeholders. Responding to this, IFF wrote to MeitY indicating the need for a fresh consultation process as these actions have completely vitiated the ongoing consultation process and led to an erosion of public trust.

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