COVID-19 data row: All backups of patient information received by Kerala govt deleted, US-based Sprinklr tells high court

US-based Sprinklr, which was entrusted with handling data related to COVID-19 patients in Kerala, on Saturday submitted before Kerala High Court that it has deleted all backup data shared with it by the state government

Asian News International May 23, 2020 19:07:19 IST
COVID-19 data row: All backups of patient information received by Kerala govt deleted, US-based Sprinklr tells high court

Kochi: United States-based company Sprinklr, which was entrusted with handling data related to COVID-19 patients in Kerala, on Saturday submitted before Kerala High Court that it has deleted all backup data shared with it by the state government.

Advocate Dan Haley, the authorised representative of Sprinklr, filed an affidavit in the high court saying that the company had received instruction from Kerala government that all backup data received prior to the high court's interim order dated 24 April should be deleted.

COVID19 data row All backups of patient information received by Kerala govt deleted USbased Sprinklr tells high court

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"Sprinklr hereby confirms and declares that pursuant to the instructions under Government of Kerala's letter dated 16 May, 2020, the respondent company has permanently deleted all such backup data, and no data whatsoever, received by the respondent company from the government of Kerala, prior to Order dated 24 April, 2020, remain with the company," the affidavit said.

Kerala government had recently filed an affidavit in the matter and informed the court that the database covering COVID-19 patients and those under the disease surveillance was transferred to the government-owned cloud webspace.

The state government had also said that Sprinklr had been directed to destroy all residual data, if any, immediately.

Kerala High Court had, on 24 May, directed the state government to anonymise all COVID-19 related data collected and collated so far and allow the US-based company Sprinklr to access the data only after anonymisation is completed.

The court had also injuncted Sprinklr from committing any act which will be in breach of the confidentiality of data entrusted with them by the State government under an impugned contract.

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