Personal Data Protection Bill, 2021 withdrawn in Lok Sabha; Will be presented with amendments later
New Delhi: The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2021, which sought to provide protection of personal data of individuals and set up a data protection authority, was brought back by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday after a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) proposed 81 amendments to the Bill. Got it.
A comprehensive legal framework is being worked out as per the proposed amendments of the JPC. A bill meeting the requirements will be introduced later.
The Bill regulates the processing of personal data by: (i) the government, (ii) companies incorporated in India, and (iii) foreign companies dealing with personal data of individuals in India. Personal data is data that pertains to identifying characteristics, traits or characteristics that can be used to identify an individual. The Bill classifies certain personal data as sensitive personal data. This includes financial data, biometric data, caste, religious or political beliefs, or any other category of data as may be specified by the government in consultation with the Authority and the relevant regional regulator.