Data Security Council of India (DSCI) Introduces ‘Data Protection Seal’ for Compliant Organizations

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January 25, 2024

Data Security Council of India (DSCI) Introduces ‘Data Protection Seal’ for Compliant Organizations

It has been reported that the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) will be introducing a ‘data protection seal’ (DPS) for organizations which are found to be using data safely and following the basic standards of data privacy. The DPS will be on similar lines to the ISI mark (which evidence that a product is in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards).

The DSCI is a not-for-profit set up by the industry body – NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies). It works in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy and engages with governments, agencies, regulators, industry sectors, associations and think tanks for policy advocacy, thought leadership, capacity building and outreach activities.

The Chief Executive Officer of the DSCI (Vinayak Godse) has stated that “The data protection seal will provide some level of assurance about the application, website, or product, according to expectations of privacy, and whether it behaves responsibly.”

The DSCI has been quite active in coming up with initiatives in the data privacy and data protection sector. It had recently started a data protection credential programme, known as DSCI-certified Data Protection Officer, which helps organisations in getting their DPOs trained as per the requirements under the Digital Personal Data Protection Act (DPDPA).

The initiative by the DSCI (of introduction of the Data Protection Seal) will serve as an incentive for companies to comply (faster and comprehensively) with the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Act and the rules which will be framed thereunder.

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