Data Protection Bill 2021 government withdrew know who appreciated

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Highlights

  • Government withdraws ‘Data Protection Bill 2021’
  • Companies like Google, Meta and Amazon appreciated
  • Industry organizations wrote a letter to Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav

Data Protection Bill 2021: The information technology industry has appreciated the government’s move to withdraw the ‘Data Protection Bill, 2021’ and expressed its willingness to participate in the consultation process on the new draft. The data protection bill introduced in Parliament by the Joint Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill was criticized by the industry. The bill was introduced in the House on December 11, 2019. It was then referred to a joint committee of both the houses. The report of the committee was tabled in the Lok Sabha on December 16, 2021. In this, some points were different from the draft bill which was prepared by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Promise to bring new law

The government on Wednesday withdrew the bill from the Lok Sabha and said it would bring in “new laws” that would be in line with the broader legal framework. ITI, a US-based conglomerate of companies like Google, Meta and Amazon, lauded the Indian government’s move to withdraw the bill. ITI’s Country Manager (India) Kumar Deep said, “We are confident that when consultations on the framework begin, the government will look into all views. We look forward to being involved in this.”

ITI also protested

ITI is one of the global industry bodies that opposed the joint committee version of the bill. About a dozen industry organizations had written to Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav saying that the implementation of the proposed bill will have an adverse impact on India’s business environment and foreign investment will also be reduced.

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