Indian Economy News

New PDP Bill to bolster India's narrative as a trusted global partner

  • IBEF
  • December 6, 2022

During a meeting with IT Minister Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the key industry stakeholders led by industry body Nasscom, emphasized that the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022 will bolster India's narrative as a trusted global partner for all invested in digital transformation. In the meeting, attended by Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary MeitY, along with startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), provided their initial feedback and suggestions on the bill. Once the PDP Bill on cross-border data transfers is approved, the government will guarantee that the approach focuses on increasing data protection while not impeding data flows. According to the industry, a framework developed in collaboration with government departments, sectoral regulators, and public consultations should provide a clear, proportional, and enabling structure, Nasscom stated. Industry welcomed the neutral design of the Bill, to enhance the effectiveness of the data protection board and enable consent management as the key features for Bill to meet its objectives.

The industry stakeholders said that as compared to the previous drafts, this version has been simplified by removing past proposals that were not related to personal data protection, such as non-personal data, or might have posed critical concerns to ease of doing business, such as the criminal offense, the hardware certification scheme, or the statutory data residency requirements. Nasscom said it will continue to work with the government and the industry to further strengthen the PDP bill from a privacy and innovation perspective.

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.