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Request for Inputs: Draft Discussion Paper on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture released by NITI Aayog

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NITI Aayog has released a draft Discussion Paper on the Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA). DEPA aims at empowering individuals with control over their data and enables people to seamlessly and securely access their data and share it with third party institutions. According to the draft Discussion Paper, DEPA is a layer of secure digital data sharing through consent and is the final layer of India Stack. India Stack is a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allows government, businesses, start-ups and developers to use India’s digital infrastructure to develop and deliver digitized services.

The draft Discussion Paper proposes setting up of a consent-based data sharing mechanism, with a focus on an individual-centric approach to personal data management. Consent managers for different sectors will be put in place, similar to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s Account Aggregator (AA) framework. These new consent managers can plug in to a network of information providers and users without setting up expensive, duplicative, and exclusive bilateral data sharing rails.

The draft Discussion Paper claims that DEPA will help replace costly data sharing practices, bring in data-portability and inter alia ensure financial inclusion by consolidating the financial background of individuals in one repository which can then be shared with other players.

The draft Discussion Paper notes that the RBI has already taken steps to operationalize DEPA through the AA framework, with the launch of DEPA within a closed user group in July 2019. In November 2019, RBI published the key technical specifications required for the AA ecosystem. Since then, 7 AAs have received in principle licenses from RBI, of which two have received operational licenses, and approximately 10 banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) are in the process of adopting technical standards which would allow them to work with AAs across the ecosystem. Roll-outs of DEPA are envisaged for the wider financial sector in 2020 under the joint leadership of the Ministry of Finance, RBI, PFRDA, IRDAI, and SEBI. The discussion paper indicates that similar roll-outs will thereafter be carried out for other sectors such as healthcare and telecom.

We would like to have your feedback on the draft discussion paper. The deadline for providing feedback to NITI Aayog is 1 October 2020.

Request to share your inputs with NASSCOM at latest by 24 September 2020.

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