January 25, 2024
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).
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.
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.”
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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