Data privacy is important; CPI mouthpiece indirectly criticizes Sprinklr controversy

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The leaking of personal data can adversely affect the individual and the government or the agency which collected it.

Kozhikode: CPI mouthpiece 'Janayugam' has indirectly criticised the Sprinklr deal and the controversies related to it. Though news reports on data leaking, unauthorized sharing and misuse are published on a regular basis, the matters like data privacy and security are not taken seriously, said the editorial of 'Janayugam'.

The protection of independence, liberty, democracy and sovereignty is a matter of concern in our state. The Aadhaar or Unique Identification Authority of India was widely opposed here due to the concerns regarding data privacy. So, the data privacy and security is closely linked with freedom, independence and security of the individual, society and nation.

The leaking of personal data can adversely affect the individual and the government or the agency which collected it. The capitalist countries which have an upper hand in the data economy, target the data from the developing and under-developed countries including India.

As data collection can influence even political movements, those who do not have any data are likely to be wiped out from the political scenario. So, data security is a matter of high importance in the age of data economy, Janayugam pointed out.

The controversies erupted after the state government used the service of US company Sprinklr for COVID data collection. The opposition alleged that it is unsafe to share the data of the patients in Kerala with a US company and the decision was taken with vested interests. Meanwhile, the government explained that the personal data will not be handed over to anyone.

Meanwhile, CPM central leadership sought a report on the Sprinklr controversy. They demanded that the stand taken by the chief minister and the Kerala unit of the party on the issue should be informed. The explanation given by the state leadership will be discussed at the meeting of available polit buro.

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