Digital Personal Data Protection Bill Introduced in Lok Sabha

  • 07 Aug 2023

On 3rd August, 2023, the government introduced the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha. The Bill represents a significant stride towards safeguarding digital privacy and rights.

Key Points:

  • Foundations of the Bill: The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill aims to establish the rights and responsibilities of digital citizens (Digital Nagriks) and data fiduciaries.
  • The legislation emphasizes the lawful collection and usage of personal data, data minimization, protection, accountability, accuracy, and data breach reporting.
  • Focus on Data Economy: The bill is grounded in six key principles, the first of which pertains to the lawful collection and usage of personal data.
  • Global and Local Scope: The bill addresses cross-border data flow, data localization, and consent criteria, empowering individuals with informed, free, and unambiguous consent.
  • It outlines data retention rules, penalties for data breaches, and significant financial consequences for non-compliance.
  • Digital Transformation: The bill aligns with Prime Minister’s vision of a robust digital economy and a technologically advanced India.