Personal Data Protection Bill withdrawn to give way to new Bill
In a big and shocking move, the Centre on 3 August,2022 withdrew the most awaited Personal Data Protection Bill that was tabled in Parliament on 11 December, 2019.
The Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw moved the motion to withdraw the Bill in the Parliament which was eventually passed. He tweeted that the “Personal Data Protection Bill has been withdrawn because the Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) recommended 81 amendments in a bill of 99 sections. Above that it made 12 major recommendations. Therefore, the bill has been withdrawn and a new bill will be presented for public consultation”.
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The first draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill was proposed by the Committee headed by Justice B N Srikrishna in July 2018. After further deliberations, the Bill approved by the Cabinet Ministers was tabled in Lok Sabha on 11 December, 2019 which was then referred to JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee). Post two years, the JPC submitted its recommendations in December 2021 with six extensions.
The current Bill includes both personal as well as non-personal data under its purview dealt by a Data Protection Authority. It also had proposed strict protocols against the cross- border data transfer and also giving the authority to the government to ask for the user data from the companies.
Post the Bill withdrawal, minister of state for IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar tweeted that the JCP report on Personal Data Protection Bill had identified many issues that were relevant but beyond the scope of modern digital privacy law.
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“Privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens & a Trillion-dollar Digital Economy requires Global std Cyber laws,” he tweeted further.
The new Bill is expected to fit into the comprehensive legal framework where all the involved stakeholders will be consulted and the loopholes will be identified and addressed as per the Country’s dynamic technological scenario.
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