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Personal Data Protection Bill May Be Introduced In The First Week Of The Parliament Winter Session

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Sources said a joint committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP PP Choudhary met on Friday to discuss the draft report on the bill, but it could not be accepted in this meeting as some more amendments are yet to be made in the proposed law. has been suggested. The Personal Data Protection Bill is likely to be introduced in Parliament in the first week of the winter session.

The Personal Data Protection Bill is likely to be introduced in the first week of the winter session of Parliament, which is also being examined by a parliamentary committee. Sources gave this information on Friday.

Sources said a joint committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP PP Choudhary met on Friday to discuss the draft report on the bill, but it could not be accepted in this meeting as some more amendments are yet to be made in the proposed law. has been suggested.

According to sources, the committee will meet again on November 22 to adopt the draft report on the bill. The committee has held extensive discussions on the bill with various stakeholders, including social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook, e-commerce players and telcos.

The draft bill, approved by the cabinet in December 2019, proposes to ban the use of personal data without the explicit consent of citizens. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in February last year. It was later referred to a Joint Committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.

It was drafted following a Supreme Court ruling in August 2017, declaring the ‘right to privacy’ as a fundamental right.

The apex court in its judgment in September 2018 had highlighted the need for a robust personal data protection regime in which it had kept Aadhaar as a constitutionally valid scheme but struck down certain provisions in the Aadhaar Act. As per the provisions of the bill, all internet companies will have to compulsorily store important data of individuals inside the country.

Critical data will also be defined by the Central Government from time to time. Data related to health, religious or political orientation, biometrics, genetic, sexual orientation, health, financial and others have been identified as sensitive data.

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The Personal Data Protection Bill is likely to be introduced in the first week of the winter session of Parliament, which is also being examined by a parliamentary committee. Sources gave this information on Friday.

Sources said a joint committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP PP Choudhary met on Friday to discuss the draft report on the bill, but it could not be accepted in this meeting as some more amendments are yet to be made in the proposed law. has been suggested.

According to sources, the committee will meet again on November 22 to adopt the draft report on the bill. The committee has held extensive discussions on the bill with various stakeholders, including social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook, e-commerce players and telcos.

The draft bill, approved by the cabinet in December 2019, proposes to ban the use of personal data without the explicit consent of citizens. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in February last year. It was later referred to a Joint Committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.

It was drafted following a Supreme Court ruling in August 2017, declaring the ‘right to privacy’ as a fundamental right.

The apex court in its judgment in September 2018 had highlighted the need for a robust personal data protection regime in which it had kept Aadhaar as a constitutionally valid scheme but struck down certain provisions in the Aadhaar Act. As per the provisions of the bill, all internet companies will have to compulsorily store important data of individuals inside the country.

Critical data will also be defined by the Central Government from time to time. Data related to health, religious or political orientation, biometrics, genetic, sexual orientation, health, financial and others have been identified as sensitive data.

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