India withdraws Data Protection Bill

The government will replace the legislation with a new law.

The Indian government on Wednesday withdrew the long-pending Data Protection Bill. Introduced in December 2019, the bill sought to protect citizens’ privacy and set up a data protection authority. Electronics and information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who moved a motion in the Lok Sabha to withdraw the bill, said a new legal framework to govern data privacy in the country is in the works. From his statement, via LiveLaw:

“The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was deliberated in great detail by the Joint Committee of Parliament. 81 amendments were proposed and 12 recommendations were made towards a comprehensive legal …


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