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The Parliamentary Standing Committee approved a revised draft of the Data Protection Law: Minister of Information Technology


Union Minister Ashwini Vaishinaw on Thursday said that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology gave “admiration” to the revised draft of the Data Protection Act.

Vaishnau, a bureaucrat-turned-politician who currently holds the IT portfolio, said an advance copy of the revised bill on data protection had been shared with the committee.

“I would like to share some good news that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Communication Technology… before bringing this Bill to Parliament, they gave a big thumbs up,” Vaishinau said while speaking at the annual NTLF here.

In 2021, the government withdrew an earlier version of the same law after a series of changes proposed by a joint parliamentary committee and promised to introduce a new bill, which it did late last year.

Debjani Ghosh, head of Nasscom Group, which specializes in the information technology industry, said that the law needs to be approved as soon as possible, expressing his hope that it will continue to be implemented during this same year.

Vaishinau said that when it comes to technical regulations, the world is going through a complex moment as each country looks at the issue differently.

He said India’s Endeavor would keep its aspirations in mind while taking a call on the topic and navigate the environment accordingly, adding that no country should copy the other while formulating its laws.

Vaishnau, who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, said there was growing confidence in India on the global stage.

He said Indian companies should be careful and not over-promise as they become integrated into the global supply chain with their products and services.

“Promise what we can do, and don’t over-promise,” the minister told delegates at the summit, asking the industry to focus on innovation and people.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.