In Brief: Parliamentary panel raises concerns over Data Protection Bill

In Brief: Parliamentary panel raises concerns over Data Protection Bill
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30 Nov, 2020

Several members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), formed to examine the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, have reportedly raised concerns over various clauses of the law. As per an Economic Times report, citing people familiar with the matter, the members have questioned multiple aspects of the proposed bill, including the data access exemption given to the government to maintain national security and public order, as well as the case of data localisation, absence of judicial representation in the selection panel for Data Protection Authority’s chairperson, and the inclusion of non-personal data under the purview of the bill. The members are also split over user verification requirements for social media platforms and the ‘child’ age bar for parental consent.

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