We must not miss digital revolution over privacy: Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

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We must not miss digital revolution over privacy: Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad appealed on last day not to “overblow” the issue of data breach, even as he asserted that innovations taking place in the country as part of digital revolution, cannot be killed under the garb of privacy.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 6th Annual International Commerce Conference in New Delhi, he lamented that the country missed the industrial and entrepreneurial revolutions.

“But, it (India) should not miss the digital revolution,” Prasad said, while mentioning the Justice Srikrishna Committee, which is working on making a robust law for data protection and anonymity.

“Travelling is your private affair. But everything is recorded if you take public transports like flights. What you eat is your personal choice, but if you eat in a restaurant it is recorded by a bill. Therefore, let us not overblow this issue of privacy,” he said.

The law minister also said that innovations happening in the country cannot be killed under the garb of privacy.

“What is strictly private is medical and banking records. When you talk about privacy, there should be a balance between data availability, data utility, data anonymity and data privacy,” he said.