IT Ministry gets over 400 responses on draft personal data protection bill, Telecom News, ET Telecom


The IT Ministry has obtained greater than 400 responses from firms, trade our bodies and authorities departments on the draft personal data protection invoice, and can take inventory of strategies earlier than its proposed introduction in Parliament, in keeping with a senior official.

The deadline to submit strategies on the federal government’s draft personal data protection invoice closed on Wednesday.

An official, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned the IT Ministry will begin systematically analysing and crystallising the responses now, following which, it is going to additional seek the advice of associated stakeholders and sure ministries like Law and Justice.

The official mentioned a number of the responses speak of how the language of the draft invoice might be tightened to keep away from its a number of interpretation sooner or later, and added that some strategies have been across the prices surrounding obligatory localisation or storage of data, that the invoice proposes.

Many international trade our bodies have contended that data localisation proposed within the draft invoice may have “significant negative effects” on the power of firms to do enterprise in India.

The ministry hopes to take inventory of all of the suggestions over the following 1.5 months and provides ultimate touches to the draft by November-end, for its subsequent introduction in Parliament.

Parliament is predicted to convene for the winter session in November-December.

The official mentioned that a variety of ministries and departments, together with Corporate Affairs, Social Justice and Women and Child Development, and Youth Affairs have additionally despatched of their suggestions.

The draft personal data protection invoice was crafted by a high-level panel headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, and was submitted to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in July-end.

The draft invoice moots “explicit consent” for processing ‘delicate personal data’ like non secular or political opinions, sexual orientation and biometric particulars.

It suggests steps for safeguarding personal data, defining obligations of data processors as additionally rights of people, whereas proposing penalties for violation.

The areas coated by the suggestions embody consent, what contains personal data together with delicate personal data, exemptions which might be granted, grounds for processing data, storage restrictions for personal data, particular person rights and proper to be forgotten.

The draft of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 additionally restricts and imposes circumstances on the cross-border switch of personal data, and suggests organising of Data Protection Authority of India to forestall any misuse of personal data.

It supplies for a penalty of Rs 15 crore or four per cent of the full worldwide turnover of any data assortment entity, together with the state , on violation of personal data processing provisions.

Failure to take immediate motion on a data safety breach can result in a penalty of as much as Rs 5 crore or 2 per cent of turnover, whichever is larger.

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