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3-week period to submit comments to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Data Protection Bill begins, deadline Feb 25

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Update (February 4, 2019 12:51 pm): The deadline to submit comments is February 25. Update (January 27, 2019 10:02 am): The three-week consultation period will begin only after the notice is published in newspapers across the country, the Director of the JPC told MediaNama. That may happen any day this week. The Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, has invited comments from stakeholders, Dr Ram Raj Rai, the Director of the JPC at the Lok Sabha Secretariat, confirmed to MediaNama. IANS first reported this development. The official notice for the same will be published in all leading newspapers some time next week, he told us. Stakeholders will have three weeks from the date of publication of the notice to send their comments. How do you send your submissions? According to Rai, stakeholders can send two copies of their comments and suggestions to him (at Room No. G-014, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi - 110001) or email them to jpc-datalaw@sansad.nic.in, or to the JPC Chairpereson Meenakshi Lekhi at mrs.mlekhi@sansad.nic.in. Please note that the IANS report gives the wrong email address for Lekhi. If you wish to appear before the Committee, specify that in your submissions, but the JPC will take the final decision on whether or not to call you. After MediaNama published this article, the Lok Sabha Secretariat tweeted the press release. https://twitter.com/LokSabhaSectt/status/1220636832561369089 Will these submissions be made public? Rai clarified that the submissions will be part of the records of the JPC, that is, they…

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