Data Protection Bill, aimed at safeguarding personal data of citizens, gets Cabinet go-ahead

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Updated: December 4, 2019 3:06:15 PM

Prakash Javadekar said that Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 will be introduced in the current session of Parliament.

Personal Data Protection BillPrakash Javadekar informed that the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cleared the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. Information & Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said that the legislation will be introduced in the current session of Parliament. The Winter Session will conclude on December 13.

The bill will spell out a detailed framework on the collection, storage and processing of personal data by the public, social media platforms and others. The bill also proposed penalties and compensation for breach of privacy.

“Very important subject how data protection will be done. It is an important subject the world over. The Bill will be keeping India’s and people’s rights in mind,” Javadekar said while addressing the media after a Cabinet meeting which took place in the morning.

Last week, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that the government will never compromise on data sovereignty. The developments after several breaches were reported by WhatsApp and other platforms.

In 2018, the Modi government had introduced a draft personal data protection bill to regulate the use of personal data by the private companies and government as well. It was prepared in line with European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The draft bill was prepared by a high-level expert group headed by former Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna.

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