The government is preparing a new Data Bill for the The Next Parliament Session The Report

As JPC recommended 81 amendments to the 99 sections, and made 12 suggestions The government has been contemplating making a new Bill completely

The new Bill will consider the essential requirements for the modern economy. The Minister of IT

IAMAI had previously criticized the JPC recommendations to be out of sync with reality.

A few hours after news broke about the possibility that the federal government removed off the Personal Data Protection Bill, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, in an interview on ET said that the proposed Data Bill is almost ready and will be released for public consultation and approval by the government very soon.

We will be going through the entire process of approval soon and will present the new Bill during the next session or in the near future, he said.

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Vaishnaw stated that the parliament’s joint committee conducted an in-depth analysis of the PDP Bill, it recommended an amendment of 81 in the 99 sections and provided 12 suggestions. Considering these suggestions, we needed to develop an entirely fresh Bill and the existing Bill needed to be dropped, he said.

While the basic concepts and the fundamentals in the Rights to Privacy framework will remain the same however, the new Bill will focus on the essential needs in the new digital world.

We need a secure reliable internet, a trusted network and accountability on social media sites. All of these are essential prerequisites for the modern digital economy and were discussed in the model, he told the publication.

The news comes just days after the government announced that the compliance of startups would be much more challenging in the event that not the PDP Bill been passed into law. Although the PDP Bill emphasised the dos and don’ts of personal information collection, the more recent Bill will focus on data privacy and accountability, and could even add other data types that are not personal.

Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrashekhar has said that the present Bill will be substituted with a comprehensive set of global standards, including laws regarding digital privacy that are applicable to current and future problems.

Do These Recommendations and the New Data Bill right?

To be noted, even though the government is implementing the recommendations of the JPC In Feb 2022 IAMAI stated that their recommendations could adversely affect a variety of tech-related industries like large tech firms tech services firms and digital startups that form the foundation of India’s aspirations for tech leadership.

The PDP Bill, 2021 had set out broad guidelines on personal data and sensitive personal information along with suggestions on the regulations applicable to social media platforms as well as localisation of data.

However, IAMAI had stated that JPC’s suggestion for stricter requirements for localisation of data could cause problems in compliance, and could harm global as well as domestic businesses. It also had criticized its recommendation that it include personal information too early and requested that it reconsider the treatment of intermediaries as publishers in certain situations.

It also stated The government must also examine the requirement for transparency that was suggested in the JPC. It’s extremely wide and could violate the fiduciaries’ IP rights. It could harm data fiduciaries when they are required to publicly reveal their algorithms or other proprietary data, without sufficient safeguards.

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