Data protection bill new draft to augment efficient usage of data by industry

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Data protection bill new draft to augment efficient usage of data by industry
Data protection bill new draft to augment efficient usage of data by industry

The drafting of the Data Protection Bill is nearly complete and it is expected to see light of the day in Parliament during the next year’s Budget session

To augment efficient usage of data, the new draft of the data protection bill is being prepared since it would largely be used by the industry, the Centre said on Monday.

The government has put in place a proactive approach to deal with emerging technologies and subsequent threat levels, noted Dr Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) while speaking at the CII ‘International Technology Summit 2022.’

“The new Data Protection Bill is being prepared to augment efficient usage of data, with confidence that data would be protected while being used by the industry,” he emphasised.

The drafting of the Data Protection Bill is nearly complete and it is expected to see light of the day in Parliament during the next year’s Budget session, said IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Aiming to introduce a new, sharper bill that fits into the comprehensive legal framework and protects the data of billions of citizens, the government last month withdrew contentious Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill 2019 that has seen 81 amendments in the past three years.

The Indian economy is predominantly agrarian, and farmer distress may be addressed by way of tech such as GPS, GIS, location, satellite data analysis, said Vijay Rai, Chairman, CII Delhi Panel on Technology, at the summit.

“Also, the country can achieve better healthcare accessibility through digital connectivity; remote sensing, GIS, GPS, Sat communication can help in disaster management and risk mitigation,” Rai added.

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