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Nasscom's IT employee register

India’s $20 billion IT industry has decided to formulate a comprehensive database of IT employees dealing with important international clients. This move has been made to assure international clients that personal data of their customers is safe.

National Skills Registry (NSR), the SRO (self-regulatory organisation) of Nasscom has taken into account, the views of employees who do not have a union otherwise. It also declares a code of ethics and mandatory self-certification and external audits. So while the government may promote a mandatory decision, they are definitely not asking for trouble from employees.

According to the declaration, employees in IT organisations have the option to voluntarily register with the NSR so as to keep a check on IT employees dealing with important international clients such as banks and financial agencies. Another reason for this is the need to ensure smooth development of the Indian IT industry which could be threatened by any loopholes in critical issues such as physical security and governance.

NSR’s major objective is to raise the standard of recruitments in the Indian IT industry by regular checks on any misuse of identity by employees. This measure will help employers save additional costs on checking backgrounds of potential/existing employees. To ensure that there is no criminal activity, an audit trail is maintained. This trail registers any data modifications by employees, thus making it easy to track down the exact source.

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