Kerala HC gives nod to Sprinklr pact for managing Covid-19 data with stringent conditions

South India


The Kerala high court on Friday allowed the state government to go ahead with its agreement with the New York-based software company Sprinkler for managing the Covid-19 data with stringent conditions.

A bench comprising Justices Devan Ramachandran and TR Ravi said that the contract with the US firm had lot of loopholes but it was allowing the government to go ahead with it as the country was fighting a greater war against Covid 19. The court would not like to intervene in the contract at this juncture.

The bench gave its nod with the direction that the government should hand over any data to Sprinkler only after ensuring its confidentiality. The court warned that it will ban the company if there is any violation related to confidentiality.

The court has asked the government to ensure that all secondary data handed over to Sprinklr is deleted and to get back all data available with the firm to the government after the expiry of the contract. The court also asked the government to share the data with the company only after the blinding the identity of the person.

The bench has directed the American company not to use the state emblem for their advertisements and other purposes. 

The court will take up the case for further hearing after three weeks. The verdict has come as a minor relief for the Left Democratic Front government, which had defended it saying that it was helpful in the fight against the coronavirus. It had accused the opposition of politicising the issue.

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