The Centre on Wednesday withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 after the Joint Committee of Parliament recommended 81 changes in the proposed law, Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.
“Above that it [the committee] made 12 major recommendations,” Vaishnaw tweeted. “Therefore the Bill has been withdrawn and a new bill Bill be presented for public consultation.”
Personal Data Protection Bill has been withdrawn because the JCP recommended 81 amendments in a bill of 99 sections. Above that it made 12 major recommendations.
Therefore the bill has been withdrawn and a new bill will be presented for public consultation.
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) August 3, 2022
The Bill approved by the Union Cabinet in December 2019 proposed to impose restrictions on the use of personal information of people without their explicit consent. The items covered by the draft Bill included consent, personal data, exemptions that can be granted, storage restrictions for personal data and individual rights.
In November, several members of the parliamentary committee, including Congress MPs Manish Tewary and Jairam Ramesh, had expressed their dissent after the panel adopted its draft report on the law.
Among many things, Ramesh had said that he was compelled to submit a dissent note as he could not convince the panel to accept the amendments he proposed to sections…