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Government withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, Planning new legislation

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The government has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill from Parliament in order to consider a “comprehensive legal framework” to regulate the digital space.

The government has taken this action after nearly four years of working on the Bill. It had gone through several repetitions, including a review by a Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP), and faced significant opposition from a variety of stakeholders.

The government stated that it will issue a “set of fresh legislations” that will fit into the overall legal framework. “The government will bring a set of new legislation for a comprehensive legal framework for the digital economy,” IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

The IT minister said in a tweet. 

The JCP deliberated the 2019 Bill , proposing 81 amendments and 12 recommendations for a comprehensive legal framework for the online ecosystem, according to an official statement circulated to Lok Sabha members on Wednesday.

Moreover, the bill was heavily criticised by opposition parties as well as some civil society groups for granting too many exemptions to the government and its agencies while attempting to introduce more controls for data use by private companies.

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