A government notice stated New Delhi was taking the decision as a parliamentary panel’s review of the data protection bill had suggested 81 amendments, leading to the need for a new “comprehensive legal framework”
An announcement about the withdrawal of the data protection bill was made by the information technology minister on Wednesday.
A government notice stated New Delhi was taking the decision as a parliamentary panel’s review of the data protection bill had suggested 81 amendments, leading to the need for a new “comprehensive legal framework”. “Considering the (panel’s) report, a comprehensive legal framework is being worked upon,” the government notice stated. The Indian government will now “present a new bill,” it added.
The bill that was proposed in 2019 startled tech giants. Designed to protect Indian citizens and establish a data protection authority, the data protection bill had raised concerns among tech giants that it could increase their compliance burden and data storage requirements.
Companies like Facebook and Twitter have, for years, been concerned with India’s proposed tighter regulations for the technology sector, which have often strained relations between New Delhi and Washington. India says such regulations are needed to safeguard the data and privacy of citizens.
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