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Centre withdraws Data Protection Bill, to herald new laws

Ashwini Vaishnaw

Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Wednesday withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.

In an announcement, Vaishnaw mentioned, “The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was deliberated in great detail by the Joint Committee of Parliament. 81 amendments were proposed and 12 recommendations were made towards comprehensive legal framework on digital ecosystem. Considering the report of the JCP, a comprehensive legal framework is being worked upon. Hence, in the circumstances, it is proposed to withdraw ‘The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019’ and present a new bill that fits into the comprehensive legal framework.”

While an information safety regulation has been into account for a number of years, the present Bill had alarmed huge tech corporations. Civil society teams had additionally criticised the open-ended exceptions given to the federal government within the Bill, permitting for surveillance.

Following the centre’s choice to withdraw the Personal Data Protection Bill, Congress MP Manish Tiwari mentioned that he had rejected the Bill from the start. He added that higher laws would have emerged if it had been debated within the parliament.

Tiwari, who was a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Bill, had authored an in depth dissent notice on the problems he has with the Bill in its present kind.

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