Kerala HC stops US-based IT firm from processing data of Covid-19 patients

The on Friday restrained a US-based IT firm from analysing or processing the data associated to Covid-19 patients and directed it to retransfer to the state authorities, any data it has obtained.

However, the court docket permitted the state authorities to utilise the providers of the firm Sprinklr, for processing data, topic to stringent circumstances.

In an interim order on a plea searching for to quash of the state authorities’s contract with Sprinklr, a division bench, comprising Justices Devan Ramachandran and T R Ravi, additionally directed the state authorities to anonymize all data of Covid- 19 patients collected by it and permit the IT firm to entry data solely after finishing the anonymization course of.

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Restraining Sprinklr from any act of breaching the confidentiality of data offered by the Kerala authorities, the Court directed it to not take care of the data straight or not directly in battle with the deal signed between the state authorities and the IT firm.

The Court additionally restrained Sprinklr from utilizing the identify or emblem of the state authorities for its promotional functions.

It additionally directed the state authorities to take knowledgeable consent from people earlier than permitting a 3rd get together overseas firm to course of their data.

Earlier, the had filed a press release within the High Court, rejecting expenses of illegality in its IT contract with the firm for processing data associated to Covid-19 patients and contended that initiation of penal motion for breach would fall inside the ambit of Indian IT Act.

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The Centre had additionally filed a preliminary assertion in reference to the case, saying sharing of delicate data, particularly of well being associated info of giant quantity of folks, is to be resorted to in a really cautious method.

In his plea, petitioner Balu Gopalakrishnan had mentioned the one concern is whether or not the data saved within the internet server of firm is secure and whether or not it may be utilized by the corporate for financial beneficial properties.

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