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Telangana HC issues notice to State Govt on privacy issues in Dharani Portal

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court‘s two-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy, ordered the state government not to insist on data that violates the privacy of its Dharani portal people.

The panel dealt with a petition filed by Mora Krishna Reddy and others for a public interest rule.

The petitioner complained that although the data collected from agricultural landowners under the 2020 Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Passbook Act was secure, the data collected from non-agricultural land owners was not subject to any state-approved law.

The panel referred to many patent infringements in the manner in which knowledge was obtained from its residents.

The Chief Justice claimed that the “current government structure does not meet the security thresholds as prescribed by the Rules of Information and Technology, 2011.” He said that there was no clause in the Act of 2020 dealing with the protection of the data being collected.

The counsel of the petitioner argued that the present scheme had no backing of the law and was carried out according to the government’s whims and fancies.

Advocate General BS Prasad argued that the purpose of the current system behind the registration of information of agricultural property was to ensure that landowners would be made eligible for future use of the government’s RythuBandhu Scheme and other social welfare schemes.

The AG pointed out that, in the future, the Dharani platform for the registration of non-agricultural property will provide an umbrella for all property transactions and was being carried out in order to ensure good governance.

While directing the State to file a reply within two weeks, the panel ordered them to ensure that data was protected from third parties and that no person would be compelled to provide agricultural or non-agricultural properties with either their Aadhar card details or their caste details. (INN)

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