The controversial Data Protection Bill, which the current Indian government started working on almost half a decade ago, has been withdrawn. Since its introduction, the government has almost always been under pressure, finding no support and facing intense opposition from the general public as well as technology companies. The 2017 ruling by the Supreme Court of India, regarding the right to privacy, further shook the prospects of the bill, which has now been officially withdrawn.
The government, however, promised to introduce new legislation “very soon but without any dilution of the broader privacy aspects of the original bill and without any compromise on the right to privacy”. Interestingly, India’s former IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a rather well-known politician, had to give up his ministry, with many blaming it on his failure to push the bill through for almost four years.
Current IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav cited the amendments suggested by the JCP committee as the reason for the withdrawal. 81 amendments were proposed and 12 recommendations were made “towards a complete legal framework”.
“Given the JCP report, a comprehensive legal framework is being developed. Therefore, in these circumstances, it is proposed to withdraw “The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019” and introduce a new Bill which is part of the full legal framework. »
In a tweet, Meity MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the JCP report identified issues that are relevant but beyond the scope of modern privacy law. “Privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens and a trillion dollar digital economy requires global cybersecurity laws (sic),” he said.
First drafted by a committee of experts in 2018, and presented as a draft by the government in 2019 to the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament), it was then referred to the Joint Parliamentary Committee in December of the same year. The latest version of the bill, however, included both personal and non-personal data, regulated by a data protection authority. It’s the addition of the non-personal data element, which has been heavily criticized by privacy experts, tech companies and the general public, emboldened by a 2017 Supreme Court ruling that considered the “right to privacy” as a fundamental right.
Indian government. withdrew the controversial Data Protection Bill, a new revamped bill that will soon be introduced
Source link Indian government. withdrew the controversial Data Protection Bill, a new revamped bill that will soon be introduced