Updated data protection bill by India for its citizens

Recently one of the biggest economies of the world revealed an updated version of data protection laws. If approved, it will enforce government over companies to take consent before accessing user data.

After a year the draft law will finally be presented over the country parliament by “Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister Of Electronics & I.T”

The ongoing version of the data protection bill allows the government to submit the data of its citizens, directly. Moreover, it also allows the government to collect citizens’ data without their consent.

The proposed data bill is the opposite in terms of the exceptions for government processing surveillance systems.

Not like GDPR, the bill will directly force the companies to take consent before collecting Indian user’s personal information but also giving citizens to ask their data to be erased, corrected or updated. Bill also enforced the companies to place the restriction to collect children’s personal data. Another rule proposed by the bill – all social media should implement a technique that would allow citizens to voluntary provide their identity, according to the proposed bill if any user verifies their identity over social media as a volunteer it will be assigned as a mark of verification on their profile, moreover all social media have to implement a new identification measures/ features in their Indian version platform.

The original draft of the bill had recommended that a copy of the data will be stored within local Indian servers whereas the critical data will only be in India. This recommendation has occurred as MeritY was reported by the US host companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook to twist the bill in their favor.

The Indian government is also proposing a new data law called DPA (Data Protection Authority) in order to protect & promote Indian citizen valuable data, with the current scenario DPA will be limited to members with current and upcoming Data Protection Bill.

The proposed bill be discussed in the Indian parliament in the upcoming weeks.

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