Citizens define what is private information
- • Rising concerns about leakage of private information
- • Majority 86 % say Privacy law is the need of the hour
- • Identify 18 attributes that should be considered as private info
2 June, 2017, New Delhi: Globally, privacy laws deal with the regulations, storage and use of personal information of individuals. India is one of the only few major economies that does not have a privacy law. Even the definition of what is private information is hazy in Indian law.
LocalCircles has more than 1.3 million citizens and they weighed in to identify what should be considered as private information. Citizens are concerned about the privacy of their data, especially in this digital age. In many discussions on LocalCircles, mentioned instances like leaking of Aadhaar details, Duplicate PAN card being issued, mobile numbers and email addresses being sold by vendors, credit cards being hacked due to personal information being easily available in the market etc. as their major concerns when it came to privacy of their data.
In the first poll conducted by LocalCircles, 89% citizens voted in the favour of India having a privacy law that prevents any individual, public or private organisation from accessing and sharing certain predefined data attributes of a citizen without a written authorization from them. Of the 9,653 people that voted, only 9% voted against it and 5% chose not to comment.
Citizens identified the following 18 information parameters to be classified as personal and private:
- 1. Iris/retina scan
- 2. Finger print scan
- 3. DNA
- 4. PAN card information
- 5. AADHAAR details
- 6. Passport details
- 7. Date of birth
- 8. Bank account details
- 9. Credit ratings
- 10. Salary/Compensation
- 11. Performance at work
- 12. Voter id card details
- 13. Mobile phone details
- 14. Residential address information
- 15. Family details
- 16. Medical records
- 17. Debit/credit card details
- 18. Income tax paid details
In the second poll, 59% people said that all these 18 attributes should be covered under the privacy law. 10% said that only iris/retina scan, finger prints and DNA should be considered private information. 14% said it should include these 3 plus Aadhaar, PAN, Passport, voter id and DoB details. 17% said it should include these 8 and bank details, debit/credit card details, income tax details and medical records. 9,327 people voted on this poll.