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Congress neta meets Kishan Reddy on data


Published on: August 5, 2019 | Updated on: August 5, 2019

G. Kishan Reddy

Hyderabad: AICC spokesperson Sravan Dasoju claimed that the Union minister of state for home G. Kishan Reddy had assured that the Centre would look into the complaints of illegal accumulation and integration of personal data of the people of the state through the government’s Samagra Vedika initiative. He alleged that the data was being misused by the TRS for political gain.

Dr Dasoju was part of a Congress delegation that submitted a memorandum to the minister on Monday. He said the state government was violating Article 21 and the Data (Privacy and Protection) Act 2017, the Information Technology Act, 2008 and Supreme Court orders.

He said IT principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan had revealed details of the Citizen 360 initiative, which were shocking and disturbing. Dr Dasoju said Mr Ranjan had said the state government was using an algorithm which gathered the private data pertaining to citizens available with various departments of the state and otherwise.

Dr Dasoju said, "The statements made by Jayesh Ranjan clearly revealed secretive collection, integration and storage of data, more particularly private and personal information of the citizens without their permission or consent."

He said there was no information on the competent independent authority which validated the data collection procedure and verified the accuracy of the data collected. He said that the agency which developed and certified the data algorithms to create digital footprints of the citizens is not known.