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Why the draft health policy stokes more data-privacy concerns than ensuring well-being

Aimed at creating a digital health ecosystem, the draft health data-management policy has raised several questions pertaining to privacy and data protection. Stakeholders believe the draft policy can be misused for surveillance purposes and for sensitive personal information for manipulation in addition to overt coercion.
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10 Sep 2020 12 Mins Read 0 comment
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“It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn from what not to do. And then, by not doing what I'm not supposed to do, perhaps I'll be right,” Alice in Alice in Wonderland. A quick glance through the National Digital Health Mission’s (NDHM) draft health data-management policy points out that the document
without proper data-protection laws in place will be catastrophic, and the current draft raises more questions than it answers. Just like if you ask Mad Hatter, trapped in the ‘land without magic’, to draft you a consequential policy, he would get the work done in a way he knows it best — in riddles. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
“It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn from what not to do. And then, by not doing what I'm not supposed to do, perhaps I'll be right,” Alice in Alice in Wonderland. A quick glance through the National Digital Health Mission’s (NDHM) draft health data-management policy points out that the document without proper data-protection laws in place will be catastrophic, and the current draft raises more questions than it answers. Just like if you ask Mad Hatter, trapped in the ‘land without magic’, to draft you a consequential policy, he would get the work done in a way he knows it best — in riddles. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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