Draft new data protection bill in next few days: IT minister

Draft new data protection bill in next few days: IT minister

The Center will introduce a new draft of the Data Protection Bill.


Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said on Thursday that the government will present a new draft of the Data Protection Bill in the next few days.

Speaking at the third edition of the Global Fintech Fest here, Vaishnav said the inputs received from various stakeholders have been considered while preparing the bill.

“It is a matter of few days when the bill will be uploaded for consultation,” he said.

The government in early August withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, which was first introduced in late 2019.

Mr Vaishnav said the Joint Parliamentary Committee through the original draft suggested 88 amendments to a bill comprising 91 sections, leading the government to decide that there was “no option” but to withdraw the original bill altogether. was.

He said that a lot of changes took place during the pandemic, which led to new learnings, which had to be incorporated in the laws.

The minister, however, clarified that in the absence of a law on data protection, one should not worry about privacy violations as the Supreme Court has declared it a fundamental right.

Meanwhile, he called upon the industry to actively work with the government to formulate laws and regulations on topics such as online gaming, fake news, crypto, payments, credit fraud etc. so that timely action is taken on issues concerning the wider society. can be done. ,

“Some of the areas which are really causing concern in the society, we should really come forward… As a joint group, the government and industry should work together and make a solid strong rule for all these concerns should,” he said.

He added that society needs to keep pace with changing times, adding that addiction is “very easy” in the digital world, and rules will be of help.

“If we don’t do this, the society will have a backlash… If you don’t, it will cause so much resentment that the industry will not be able to cope with it tomorrow,” the minister warned.

Mr Vaishnav said the government is expecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch 5G services in early October and aims to cover a large part of the country with the latest telecom technology in the next two years.

He said that the government is investing US$ 30 billion to provide internet fiber or 4G broadband in every gram panchayat of the country and has so far reached 1.5 lakh panchayats, adding that 80,000 new connections are being given every month. .

He said that the government aims to create such entrepreneurs at the village level who would take digital services to the common people in their villages.

A draft of the Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 along with a detailed explanatory note was published late Wednesday evening, Mr Vaishnav asked the industry to come up with suggestions and concerns.

“We are looking at 3-4 laws which will create a comprehensive set of laws for the digital world,” he said.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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