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JPC on Data Protection Bill tables report in Parliament after 2 years of deliberations

Multiple dissent notes expected following the report that’s been stalled by leadership changes and lack of consensus.

MediaNama has covered all important aspects of the Data Protection Bill 2021: Powers of the Government | Data Protection Authority | Data Localization | Data Breaches | Data Fiduciaries | Data Protection Officers | Children's Data | Rights of Individuals | Non-Personal Data The report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill was tabled in Rajya Sabha on December 16. This means that the Bill and the committee's report may soon be taken up for debate, before Members of Parliament vote on what could be India's first data protection law. The Bill is focused on the protection of personal and non-personal data of individuals and establishes a Data Protection Authority. It was referred to the Joint Committee for further scrutiny on the demand of opposition members. We will be updating this report with the key highlights of the latest iteration of the bill. With your (Rajya Sabha chairperson Venkaiah Naidu) permission, I lay on the table of the house a copy of each in English and Hindi of the report of the JPC of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. This report shows that if the chairman is cooperative, the government is accommodative, the opposition is responsive -- Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh What's next? After a report of a joint committee has been presented to the Parliament, the member-in-charge of the Bill will move the motion for its consideration, according to the Lok Sabha website. Since the landmark Puttaswamy judgement in 2017, the government has…

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