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News: The Joint Committee of Parliament chairperson PP Chaudhary clarifies the concerns raised by opposition on the data protection bill.
What are the concerns associated with the data protection bill?
|Read here: What are the concerns associated with the draft bill?|
What are the reasons provided by the JCP chairperson of the data protection bill?
On exemption of agencies: The claims that the government was given undue powers are without foundation. Article 19 and Article 21 have reasonable safeguards. Moreover, they are subject to judicial review.
The exemption clauses allow the government to intervene in matters of sovereignty or integrity of the country. In such matters, the reasons cannot be disclosed on the floor of the house. Moreover, sections 12, 13, and 14 provide that individual consent may not be required. The state is authorized by law to seek data for the provision of any services or benefits.
|Also read: Draft Personal Data Protection Bill – Explained, pointwise|
About inclusion of non-personal data: According to the chairperson, the reason behind including of non-personal data is that so much data is flowing, which makes it hard to differentiate between personal and non-personal data.
Inclusion of bringing hardware manufacturers under the purview of proposed legislation: Because of various news of breaches of data, this has been done. Under the process of Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), both software and hardware will be examined.
About 72 hours to report a breach of data: According to him, this is the reasonable time for data fiduciaries to report for the breach of data.
On how the bill will impact India’s digital economy: Committee is expecting a 22% increase in cloud storage in India due to the boost this law provides. India’s digital infrastructure will become stronger and can benefit the economy.
Source: This post is based on the article “Opposition Dissent without Basis or Foundation” published in Times of India on 27th November 2021.