The Congress believes in using technology to improve the quality of governance, in improving our national security, and we believe that India should take a leading role in the formulation of international norms on cyberspace and use cyber diplomacy to our advantage, as long as it does not violate the fundamental rights of Indian citizens.
The Congress supported the idea of using Aadhar as a voluntary mechanism to help identify beneficiaries of subsidies, but we strongly opposed the use of Aadhar to cast a wide net to obtain all sorts of data which is irrelevant to government expenditure.
We support the need to use technology to improve law enforcement and to secure the safety of our citizens, but we oppose policies and laws which threaten our fundamental right to privacy, such as the DNA Profiling Bill, 2018, which has a wide scope for misuse.
Let us remember that this government even tried to contest the idea that privacy is a fundamental right of all citizens before the Supreme Court, whereas during the time of the UPA Government, we appointed a Group of Experts chaired by Justice AP Shah to help identify essential principles of the right to privacy, in order to facilitate the enactment of a law to fortify people’s right to privacy.
Having said all this, I still believe that the Congress should articulate a strong vision on matters relating to technology, data protection and cyberspace.