PDP bill reaches parliament

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The much-awaited Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (PDP bill) was introduced in the Lok Sabha (lower house) of the parliament on 11 December 2019. The PDP bill has been substantially revised from the draft PDP Bill, 2018, which was proposed in July 2018 by a committee of experts set up by the government, chaired by retired Supreme Court judge, B.N. Srikrishna. Along with the bill, the committee had released their report, with views and deliberations giving context to the bill.

The PDP bill is an omnibus, cross-sector privacy law, with similarities to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act. The PDP bill, when enacted, will replace section 43A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, and its associated rules, which currently provide for the general data protection framework in India.

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