The government of India intends to pass a new data bill by budget session, report claims. Just yesterday, the government had withdrawn its personal data protection bill. A new legislation could be passed before the budget session, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday.
The Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, suggested 81 amendments in a Bill of 99 sections. “Over and above that, there are 12 more major recommendations. So with this as background, there was no way but to put a fresh draft,” PTI quoted Vaishnaw as saying.
It appears that the bill’s next version will come with the IT Act amendment, national data governance framework, and more. The next iteration also intends to solve issues about data privacy.
Updating the bill with new parameters
The committee identified a series of new issues to imbibe into the bill. These include social media intermediaries, personal and non-personal data, trusted hardware and more.
The information technology industry was not very receptive of the original bill and is seeking more participation in how these laws are formed. The withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill was also appreciated by US tech biggies like Google, Meta, and Amazon.
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Many industry bodies representing big companies had warned that the original bill would affect India’s business environment and also reduce foreign investment. According to Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), the bill was withdrawn after four years of deliberation.
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The IFF warned that the bill empowered the government and corporations instead of users. What do you think about the bill and its withdrawal? Let us know in the comments below. For more in the world of technology and science, keep reading Indiatimes.com.
Press Trust of India. (2022, August 3). Government Hopes to Pass New Data Bill by Budget Session, IT Industry Seeks Participation in Consultatio. . . Gadgets 360.