No Compromise On User Data; Personal Data Protection Bill Approved By Cabinet

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Personal data exposure and security compromises have been on the rise for a long time now. The Indian government is taking some action as the cabinet has just passed the Personal Data Protection Bill. The bill will likely be introduced in the Parliament in the next session, said union minister Prakash Javedekar.

Personal Data Protection Bill Approved By Cabinet

 

Personal Data Protection Bill

The Personal Data Protection Bill was one of the much-anticipated bills in recent times. The bill will be moved to the Parliament in the on-going winter session. However, not many details regarding the bill have surfaced. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, told the media that the bill will first be discussed in the Parliament before giving away the details.

So far, we know that the Personal Data Protection Bill is an attempt to manage the building cases of how citizen's data is handled in the country. The bill likely includes everything from how organizations and third-party should receive, process, and handle personal data.

Personal Data Protection Bill Impact

The proposed Personal Data Protection Bill will certainly impact many IT companies, including multi-national companies. Even those companies running in the country without an actual physical presence will be affected by the bill as there are limitations on cross-border data exchange and data localization requirements.

It looks like the bill is following the footsteps of the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR established by the European Union. The Indian government had previously drafted a Personal Data Protection Bill last year, which aimed to regulate the use of personal data by private parties and the government itself.

Personal Data Protection Bill: What's Next

The previous Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 was drafted by an expert group headed by former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna. For now, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has passed the bill in the Cabinet. Union IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier informed the Upper House about the ongoing discussion regarding the Personal Data Protection Bill and would soon be introduced in the Parliament.

 

It is expected that the bill will set some norms on the collection and processing of individual data. The bill will likely cover the consent of individuals and the penalties, compensation, and code of conduct in case of violation. We'll know more once the discussion begins in the Parliament.

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