Why the government had to withdraw the ‘Data Protection Bill’? After all, what was it like for us, which was so opposed – why Personal Data Protection Bill withdrawn oppose tmc leaders

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Personal Data Protection Bill

Highlights

  • The central government introduced a draft of the bill in 2019 in the Lok Sabha
  • The bill was sent to JCP in December 2019
  • Introduced in the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019

Personal Data Protection Bill, The Government of India has withdrawn the Personal Data Bill 2021. The bill was introduced by the then Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the House two years ago. There was a lot of ruckus by the opposition parties regarding this bill. What kind of bill is this, what was there in this bill, about which the opposition parties had strongly opposed. Today we will learn about this bill.

What is Data Personal Protection Bill?

The Personal Data Protection Bill was then introduced in the Parliament of India on December 11, 2019. It sets the rules for how personal data should be processed and stored. It lists the rights of people with respect to their personal information. The bill sought to set up a data protection authority in the country to protect the digital privacy of individuals.

The bill was first drafted in 2018 by an expert committee headed by Justice BN Srikrishna. The central government introduced a draft of the bill in 2019 in the Lok Sabha, which was referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee in December 2021 and later introduced in Parliament.

What was the process of making this bill?

The Justice Srikrishna panel was set up in 2017 in the backdrop of the Supreme Court ruling that privacy is a fundamental right, and directed the government to create a data protection framework for the country. In July 2018, the committee submitted a draft data protection bill to the Ministry of Electronics and IT, stating that it would draft a new bill borrowing from the ideas presented in the Srikrishna Committee bill.

In December 2019, the bill was referred to the JCP, which was then headed by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi. As the committee began a clause-by-clause analysis of the Bill, it also sought and received an extension to present its reports in September 2020 and March 2021. In July 2021, after Lekhi was made Minister of State for External Affairs, BJP MP PP Choudhary was appointed the president of the JCP. After Choudhary’s appointment the JCP got another extension to submit its report.

Why was this bill withdrawn?

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav told during an interview that it took the government to scrap the bill because “after the JCP submitted the report, it took us a few months. That’s when we could start over a new draft or think about what to do with it. Our intention is very clear. What we are doing is basically in line with what the Supreme Court has asked us to do.

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