The interpretation section of the draft Personal Data Protection Bill stated, "In this Act... the pronouns “her” and “she” have been used for an individual, irrespective of gender."
Rajeev Chandrasekhar made the remarks in response to reports that Google had agreed to pay $392 million in penalties for tracking the location of users who had logged out of Google apps.
The new bill would be comprehensive enough to address all issues as consultations have happened both within India and also with experts from outside, the minister said.
The former Supreme Court judge said it’s understandable that the government wants to come up with a better data protection law as the various iterations of the bill were a “hotchpotch.”
Rajeev Chandrasekhar reiterated that the withdrawal of the bill doesn't change anything about data privacy in India.
The Centre told the members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee that a new Bill that fits into the comprehensive legal framework is being worked on.
The report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), comes a day after the Personal Data Protection bill, 2019 was tabled in the winter session of the Parliament by the Joint Parliamentary Committee.
The committee has recommended widening the scope of the proposed data protection legislation to include both personal and non-personal data and sought greater accountability for social media platforms by treating them as publishers.
He was speaking at the Infosys Prize 2021 event on December 2. Gopalakrishnan, who is also President, Infosys Science Foundation, said, “If you look at the non-personal data protection recommendation framework that we have created, it talks about making data sets available for research as a shared infrastructure."
The Bill, seeking to provide for the protection of personal data of individuals and establish a Data Protection Authority for the same, was brought in Parliament in 2019 and was referred to the Joint Committee for further scrutiny on the demand of opposition members.
The much-awaited data protection bill, which has been slammed for giving unbridled powers to the government and its agencies, is expected to be taken up during the ongoing winter session
The bill was finalised and adopted by the Parliamentary panel on November 22, and would be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament. The bill was first proposed in 2018 by the expert committee headed by Justice BN Srikrishna following the Supreme Court judgement that ruled that privacy is a fundamental right.
The personal data protection law is expected to give a huge boost as it will require data to be stored in the country, says the property consultant
Gopalakrishnan heads the expert committee for non-personal data governance framework, which has submitted its final report to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The government set up a committee headed by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan to regulate non-personal data. The idea was to set up a framework to unlock the economic value of this data and also address concerns arising out of such data.
The draft of the bill, approved by the Cabinet in December 2019, proposes to put restrictions on the use of personal data without the explicit consent of citizens.
Justice BN Srikrishna chaired a 10-member committee that proposed a Personal Data Protection Bill for India three years ago.
Juspay was the victim of a cyberattack back in August 2020. While the company dealt with the aftermath and informed its merchants, more than three crore customers' masked card details were revealed in the process.
The JPC panel, headed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi, will hold multiple meetings throughout the week to complete the revamp of the Bill.
The draft report on non-personal data leaves many questions unanswered
"The bill contains several new provisions outside the core issue of data privacy that raise serious concerns for the private sector, particularly the inclusion of requirements around non-personal data and social media intermediary liabilities,” USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal said in a statement on Wednesday.
Moneycontrol's Shraddha Sharma gets in conversation with Sunny Sen to know more about the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.
Once passed, the bill would grant Indian data subjects extensive data protection rights while imposing limitations on the collection and processing of personal and sensitive data.
Without proper checks and balances such powers could be misused and have an adverse impact.