Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha dissented clauses 12 and 35 of the Data Protection Bill, 2021, which allow for the government to process personal data without consent from users in certain cases and give the government the power to exempt any of its agencies from any or all provisions of the Bill. "Though I am in broad agreement with the recommendations of the JPC [joint parliamentary committee], deeper contemplation puts me in doubt in respect of [these] two recommendations," Tankha wrote in his dissent note. Amendments to these provisions "are necessary to prevent abuse of the power of exception so liberally granted to the state," Tankha added. The landmark JPC report along with Data Protection Bill 2021 was tabled in both houses of the Parliament on December 16 after two years of deliberations, bringing us one step closer to India’s first data…
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