Panel to examine if privacy of personal, sensitive data of patients protected in Kerala

Panel to examine if privacy of personal, sensitive data of patients protected in Kerala

Amid opposition charges, the Kerala government has constituted a two-member committee to examine whether the privacy of personal and sensitive data of COVID-19 patients from the state has been protected under an agreement entered by it with a US-based IT firm.

The panel headed by former Special IT Secretary M Madhavan Nambiar and former health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan will also ascertain whether adequate procedures were followed while finalizing the arrangements with the private company, Sprinklr.

The Opposition Congress has been leveling charges that the collection of data by the US firm violated the fundamental rights of the patients

In its order, the state government said it had initiated steps to set up a Data Analytics platform to integrate data from various sources available in the government to meet the "exigency of a massive and unprecedented surge of an epidemic".