The Indian government withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill from Parliament earlier this week. Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnav, while moving the proposal to withdraw the bill, said a “comprehensive legal framework” is being worked out on the recommendation of the Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) and it is proposed to be withdrawn. ‘Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019’. Soon after, the minister said that a new Personal Data Protection Bill draft was in the works and would soon be shared for public consultation.
In an interview with The Economic Times, Vaishnav said that the draft of a new data protection bill is almost ready and the government will soon release it for public consultation. The minister also said that he is optimistic that the new draft bill will get the requisite approval soon and will be converted into law by the budget session of Parliament.
Talking about the changes in the current draft, the IT Minister said that there will be no change in the basic principles of the draft bill, it will be more conducive to the recommendations made by the JCP. He said the basic principle of Right to Privacy as enshrined by the Supreme Court will remain the same and the new draft bill looks at the matter from a more comprehensive perspective.
Why was the Personal Data Protection Bill draft withdrawn from Parliament?
As far as the reasons for the withdrawal of the draft bill are concerned, the minister told the media that there were a total of 99 sections in the Personal Data Protection Bill draft, out of which the JCP recommended amendments to 81 sections. In addition, the JCP made 12 additional recommendations. Simply put, there was no way to start afresh other than to adjust those recommendations.
Clarifying the matter further, Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar said that despite being comprehensive, some of the JCP’s recommendations were outside the purview of the law, which in turn was creating a lot of complications with respect to compliance for small businesses.
It was creating degree of complexity in increasing compliance burden on small businesses and small startups: Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar on withdrawal of Personal Data Protection Bill pic.twitter.com/fCyhehI6M2
— ANI (@ANI) 4 August 2022
And so, the ministry decided to come up with a new and more comprehensive framework. “It was considered more appropriate that we come back with a new comprehensive framework of global standards laws that includes digital privacy laws that will not only help catalyze the startup innovation ecosystem but protect our citizens’ fundamental right to privacy.” Will do too.” Told,
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