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Call for Inputs: Report of the Committee on Non-Personal Data Governance

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As you might be aware, the Committee of Experts on Non-Personal Data Governance (NPD Committee), chaired by Shri. Kris Gopalakrishnan, has issued its final Report for public consultation, and is inviting comments before 27 January 2021.

The Committee which was convened in September 2019, issued its draft Report for public comment earlier in July 2020. As a part of the public consultation process, NASSCOM submitted its detailed feedback in September 2020, recommending inter alia that:

  • Grounds and scope for mandatory NPD sharing be limited, and be defined through a white-list of categories considered for sharing;
  • Data Processors be left out of the scope of NPD sharing obligations;
  • Overlaps with other laws, including the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 should be addressed;
  • Concerns relating to Intellectual Property Rights over NPD, and competitive sensitivity of certain NPD and meta-data should be addressed.

The Final Report of the NPD Committee, takes on board the feedback received in the course of the public consultation, and proposes a new framework for the designation and sharing of certain High-Value Data Sets (HVDS), and explicitly excludes certain data from the applicability of the framework.

In order to unpack the new recommendations of the NPD Committee, NASSCOM will be hosting a Webinar and discussion with members of the NPD Committee in the week of 11 January 2021. Details of the meeting will be shared closer to the date with members.

We are also inviting inputs from members on the revised recommendations of the NPD Committee. We request you to kindly share your inputs with NASSCOM by sending the same to, before 22 January 2021.

Should you have any further queries, please feel free to reach out to

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