All about Data Protection Bill

All about Data Protection Bill

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “All about Data Protection Bill

The Central Government has withdrawn the Data Protection Bill (PDP) which was the proposed first time in 2019. Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister has informed that the Centre is thinking about parliamentary panel’s review of the bill which had already directed 81 amendments, thus it leads to the need for a new “comprehensive legal framework”.

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was debated in great detail by the Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) and 81 amendments were guided and 12 recommendations were made toward a comprehensive legal framework for the digital ecosystem.

What is Data Protection Bill?

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, was developed by a high-level expert group headed by former Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna.

The PDP bill was first introduced in the Parliament in 2019 and handed to the Joint Committee of Parliament for examination at the time. At that time the JCP was headed by BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Meenakshi Lekhi initially. PP Chaudhary had been appointed in her place since ministers are not allowed to chair Parliamentary Committees.

The Data Protection Bill is landmark legislation which intended to regulate various companies and organizations use individuals’ data inside India.

In Data Protection Bill:

The Bill proposed with an intention to protect the digital privacy to individuals pertaining to their personal data, specify the flow and usage of data, and make a relationship of trust between persons and entities processing the data.

The 2019 draft of the bill had formatted a Data Protection Authority (DPA). This Data Protection Authority would be authored to regulate the use of users’ personal data by social media companies and other organizations within the country.

The PDP Bill was kind of similar to the European General Data Privacy Regulation and would set the stage for how big technology firms operate in the country.

Criticized the bill:

The draft bill had been criticized and opposed by social media firms, experts and many Indians citizens after claiming that it had too many loopholes to be effective and beneficial for both users and companies.

India says such regulations are required to safeguard the data and privacy of citizens.

Question & Answer:

Q1. The central government has withdrawn which bill recently?

Ans. Data Protection Bill

Q2. In which year central government had introduced Data Privacy Bill first time?

Ans. 2019

Q3. Who is the union Electronics and Information Technology Minister?

Ans. Ashwini Vaishnaw

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