Only 400 firms re­spond to draft data pro­tec­tion bill

Financial Chronicle - - PLAN, POLICY - FC BUREAU

THE IT Min­istry has re­ceived more than 400 re­sponses from com­pa­nies, in­dus­try bod­ies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments on the draft per­sonal data pro­tec­tion bill, and will take stock of sug­ges­tions be­fore its pro­posed in­tro­duc­tion in Par­lia­ment, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial. The dead­line to sub­mit sug­ges­tions on the gov­ern­ment’s draft per­sonal data pro­tec­tion bill closed on Wed­nes­day.

An of­fi­cial, who did not wish to be named, said the IT Min­istry will start sys­tem­at­i­cally analysing and crys­tallis­ing the re­sponses now, fol­low­ing which, it will fur­ther con­sult re­lated stake­hold­ers and cer­tain min­istries like Law and Jus­tice.

The of­fi­cial said some of the re­sponses talk of how the lan­guage of the draft bill can be tight­ened to avoid its mul­ti­ple in­ter­pre­ta­tion in the fu­ture, and added that some sug­ges­tions were around the costs sur­round­ing manda­tory lo­cal­i­sa­tion or stor­age of data, that the bill pro­poses.

Many global in­dus­try bod­ies have con­tended that data lo­cal­i­sa­tion pro­posed in the draft bill could have “sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive ef­fects” on the abil­ity of com­pa­nies to do busi­ness in In­dia.

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