New Delhi, August 3 (PTI): On Wednesday, the government withdrew the Lok Sabha Personal Data Protection Bill and said it would introduce a “package of new legislation” that would fit into the comprehensive legal framework.
“The government will bring in a package of new laws for a comprehensive legal framework for the digital economy,” IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who moved the bill to be withdrawn in the House, told PTI.
The government will hold a wide public consultation before submitting the new legislation to parliament, sources said.
According to sources, the bill may be replaced by several bills dealing with privacy and cybersecurity and the government may introduce the new set of bills in the winter session of parliament.
The government circulated a statement among members with the reasons for withdrawing the bill, which was tabled on December 11, 2019 and referred to the Houses Joint Committee for consideration. The JCP report was presented to Lok Sabha in December 2021.
The withdrawal of the bill was put on the extra agenda of Lok Sabha this afternoon.
The withdrawn bill proposed restrictions on the use of personal data without the explicit consent of citizens. He had also sought to give the government the power to exempt its investigative agencies from the provisions of the law, a move that opposition MPs who had filed their dissenting notes had strongly opposed.
According to the statement circulated to Lok Sabha members on Wednesday, the 2019 bill has been thoroughly reviewed by the JCP, which has proposed 81 amendments and 12 recommendations for a comprehensive legal framework for the digital ecosystem.
“Given the JCP report, a comprehensive legal framework is being developed. Therefore, in these circumstances, it is proposed to withdraw ‘The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019’ and introduce a new Bill which becomes part of the full legal framework,” the statement read.
After the bill was withdrawn, Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrashekhar tweeted that it would soon be replaced by a comprehensive framework of global standard laws, including digital privacy laws for contemporary and future challenges. and catalyzing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision.
He said the JCP’s report on the personal data protection bill identified many issues that are relevant but beyond the scope of a modern digital privacy law.
“Privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens and a trillion dollar digital economy requires global cybersecurity laws,” he said in another tweet.
The withdrawn data protection bill also proposed the creation of a data protection authority.
It had also proposed to clarify the flow and use of personal data, to protect the rights of the persons whose personal data is processed, as it elaborates the framework for cross-border transfer, the liability of entities processing the data and the fictitious remedies for unauthorized persons and harmful treatment.