Census, NPR database declared critical information infrastructure

The government has declared as critical information infrastructure certain databases related to the census and the National Population Register (NPR).

In a notification, the Union Home Office said the decision was taken after exercising the powers given to it under the Information Technology Act 2000 (amended 2008) .

The central government states that IT resources related to census tracking and management system, self-enumeration and civil registration system (CRS) web portals, mobile applications for the list of houses, population counts and updating the national population register are the Bureau’s Critical Information Infrastructure (CII). of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, he said.

Related databases, including NPR database, Census database, and CRS database, computing resources configured and installed at the National Data Center, Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Delhi, and the disaster recovery site and data centers in Bengaluru and Lucknow were also declared to be CII, according to the notification.

The computer resources of all associated dependencies of the aforementioned entities have also been declared “protected systems” within the meaning of the law. The notification took effect immediately.

The 2021 census has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and may begin in the near future.

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