Competitor may seek ‘raw data’: Expert panel chief

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NEW DELHI: A competitor can make a “genuine” data sharing request for “raw data” under the proposed ‘non-personal data framework’, and such a request should be accepted if it is found to be legitimate, Kris Gopalakrishnan, chief of the expert panel on non-personal data, said on Thursday.
The panel, chaired by Infosys co-founder Gopalakrishnan, has given recommendations on the proposed rules for governing non-personal data in a report submitted to the government earlier this month.
Under the framework proposed, “genuine” data sharing requests can be made by a competitor for “raw data”, although the panel chief said they will provide some additional clarifications on the issue since it could be a potential area of conflict.
Raw data typically refers to basic, fact-based information. The default position is that “even if it is a request from the competition, data needs to be shared” within the confines of stipulated framework, but such a request “cannot be unfair” or one aimed at taking “advantage of regulations”, Gopalakrishnan said, while speaking at a virtual briefing on the panel’s report.
Gopalakrishnan sought to allay concerns of some businesses over provisions pertaining to data-sharing under the ‘nonpersonal data governance framework’, and emphasised that enabling information sharing within the rules proposed will only “create a larger pie” for everyone, since companies, including multinational companies (MNCs), will derive valuable insights from community data. The report also talks of processed data at a “fair price” under data-sharing.

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