Govt junks policy to sale bulk RC, DL data over privacy concerns | India News

NEW DELHI: The road transport ministry has decided to junk the policy to sell bulk data of registered vehicles (RCs) and driving licences (DLs). The decision to scrap the policy has been taken considering privacy concerns and potential misuse of personal details of the vehicle owners and driving licence holders.
However, public will continue to avail the free service to get limited details of a vehicle including its owner, model and validity of registration through SMS, which helps to verify the genuineness while buying a second hand vehicle. Sources said since this is an OTP-based service, the SMS sender can be traced.
The decision to scrap the “bulk data bulk sharing policy” was taken at a meeting chaired by road transport secretary Girdhar Aramane and senior officials from NIC, IT and home ministries. It also decided to scrap the current one application which is pending with the ministry.
The transport ministry, which owns the RCs and DLs data, had come out with the policy in March last year to sell them to private and public entities at Rs 3 crore per year. Prior to this, the ministry had earned Rs 65 crore by selling the data and it had told the Rajya Sabha in last July that 87 private companies and 32 government entities had been granted access to the data.
The ministry has now decided that reports generated based on analysis of the RCs and DLs will be made available for free for public on the open government data (OGD) platform with the rider that no sensitive and personal vehicle data will be shared through such reports. All data will be anonymized.
The NIC, which stocks the data, has suggested that the sharing of data should be in accordance with “The Personal Data Protection Bill” which is pending in the Parliament and it was decided that the compliance of data protection laws would be ensured.
However, considering that several reputed educational and research institutions seek sharing of non-sensitive and non-personal anonymized vehicles for research and study, the panel has decided to provide bulk details free of cost to only government-controlled institutions. They will also have to share the study/ research findings with the ministry and they shall not further share the data to other organizations.

[Source :Times of India]


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