Privacy is a non-negotiable right at any given time. Yet, governments may use crises to justify a significantly lower degree of individual privacy to be maintained. However, saving lives and maintaining privacy are not mutually exclusive tasks. Given that many countries which have legislation that allows for compromising data privacy for public good, lack implementation frameworks for minimising privacy loss in crises or lack data protection laws altogether, a different set of principles must be followed by the government while deploying technology during national crises. While they are based on the more stringent principles of preservation of privacy, introducing specific features of the crisis and of the technologies used are useful to create a set of new principles.
Automated Decision Systems (ADS) are becoming crucial components of consumer-market and citizen-state interactions and need effective, holistic regulatory guidelines.
Digital public infrastructure can help design and transform equitable public systems. A Resource Hub model that strengthens technical capacity and leadership within governments is the way forward.
The draft National Data Governance Framework Policy, 2022 still suffers from issues of implementation, capacity and incentives.
Rationale: Avoiding excess health damages attributable to climate change is a primary motivator for policy interventions to reduce greenhouse