October 3, 2022
Govt to present draft new data protection bill in next few days: IT Minister

Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said on Thursday that the government will present a new draft of the Data Protection Bill in the next few days.

Vaishnav said at the third edition of the Global Fintech Fest that the inputs received from various stakeholders have been considered while preparing the bill.

“It is a matter of few days when the bill will be uploaded for consultation,” he said.

The government in early August withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, which was first introduced in late 2019.

Vaishnav said the Joint Parliamentary Committee suggested 88 amendments to a bill of 91 sections through the original draft, due to which the government decided that there was “no option” but to withdraw the original bill altogether.

He said that a lot of changes took place during the pandemic, which led to new learnings, which had to be incorporated in the laws.

The minister, however, clarified that in the absence of a law on data protection, one should not worry about privacy violations as the Supreme Court has declared it a fundamental right.

Meanwhile, he called upon the industry to actively work with the government to formulate laws and regulations on topics such as online gaming, fake news, crypto, payments, credit fraud, etc., so that issues relating to the wider society can be addressed in a timely manner. action can be taken. excessive.

“Some of the areas which are really causing concern in the society, we should really come forward. As a joint group, the government and industry should work together and make a solid strong rule for all these concerns, ” They said.

He added that society needs to keep pace with changing times, adding that addiction is “very easy” in the digital world, and rules will be of help.

“If we don’t, the society will have a backlash. If you don’t, it will cause so much outrage that the industry will not be able to cope with it tomorrow,” the minister warned.

Vaishnav said the government is expecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch 5G services in early October and aims to cover a large part of the country with the latest telecom technology in the next two years.

The government is investing $30 billion (about Rs 2,43,100 crore) to provide internet fiber or 4G broadband to every gram panchayat of the country and has reached 1.5 lakh panchayats so far, he said. 80,000 new connections are being given. month.

He said that the government aims to create such entrepreneurs at the village level who would take digital services to the common people in their villages.

Vaishnav said a draft of the Indian Telecom Bill, 2022, along with a detailed explanatory note, was published late Wednesday evening, asking the industry to come up with suggestions and concerns.

“We are looking at 3-4 laws which will create a comprehensive set of laws for the digital world,” he said.


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