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Digital Personal Data Protection bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha on 03 August 2023

  • By Elite CIO
  • Date Aug 02, 2023
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Digital Personal Data Protection bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha on Thursday

Telecom and IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will introduce the digital personal data protection bill in Lok Sabha on 03rd Aug 23 the government said in a notification.

"Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the processing of digital personal data in a manner that recognises both the right of individuals to protect their personal data and the need to process such personal data for lawful purposes and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Also to introduce the bill," the notification said. 

People aware of the details said that the bill entails penalising private as well as government entities ₹250 crore per instance in case of a data breach, which can be raised to ₹500 crore by the Data Protection Board that will be constituted as the appellate body under the law. 

The penalties will be decided on a case-to-case basis, depending on the severity, extent of harm or loss, the scale and number of people impacted by the breach, and the clauses that have been specified in the bill, said people aware of the details.

The Board will comprise mainly of professionals, as many as possible. It will be an independent body, its powers will be specified in the law. It will recommend the penalties which can go up to ₹250 crore. If it recommends above that level up to ₹500 crore, Cabinet has to be apprised and it has to be presented in Parliament, but for anything beyond ₹500 crore, the law will have to be amended.