Why Data Protection Bill Withdrawn from Parliament
Sandip Kumar Panda, a veteran in the cybersecurity space & Co-Founder of Instasafe Technologies wanted to share his views on the development. “Currently, we have a lot of tech companies operating globally and serving Indian users. It is necessary to have clarity in the data protection law on what sensitive data that organization can share with the Govt and what user data to be retained as confidential as part of data privacy."
In a major development from the oongoing Monsoon session of the Indian Parliament, the Indian government has withdrawn its long-awaited Personal Data Protection Bill that drew scrutiny from several privacy advocates and tech giants who feared the legislation could restrict how they managed sensitive information while giving government broad powers to access it.
The move comes as a surprise as lawmakers had indicated recently that the bill, unveiled in 2019, could see the “light of the day” soon enough. New Delhi received dozens of amendments and recommendations from a parliamentary panel, which includes lawmakers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, that “identified many issues that were relevant but beyond the scope of a modern digital privacy law,” said India’s IT Minister of State, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
After considerable deliberation and examination of the JCP’s report, it was found that there is a need for a comprehensive redrawing of laws and rules taking into account some of the JCP’s comments and the emerging challenges and opportunities that arise from there.