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Big Tech lobbying led to dilution of penalties provision: Manish Tewari on Data Protection Bill 2021

The committee member’s dissent note records design flaws, problematic clauses, and key recommendations to the revised Bill.

More lenient provisions of penalties in the current draft was a result of lobbying by Big Tech, Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari suggested in his dissent note carried in the Joint Parliamentary Committee's report on the PDP Bill, 2019. Big tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon had appeared before the committee for depositions, according to the report. Last-minute dilution (of penalties)..are strongly suggestive of last-minute panic lobbying by Big Tech Companies for these provisions that were part of the Original PDP Bill referred to committee by the House. They remained unamended from the date of commencement of the deliberations to the tabling of the penultimate & final draft of the bill. No reasonable or rational justification has been provided for this change — Manish Tewari The JPC report along with the Data Protection Bill, 2021 was tabled in both…

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