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PDP Bill report will be presented in last week of Winter Session as JPC gets extension

First drafted in 2018, the highly-anticipated data protection bill has been under review by a House panel for nearly three years.

Update (Dec 1, 12:15 pm): The JPC has been given an extension until the last week of the 2021 Winter Session to submit its report. There will likely be (another) delay before we see the report on the draft Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill 2019 as P.P. Chaudhary, Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), is expected to move a motion in Lok Sabha today seeking an extension until the last week of the 2021 Winter Session of Parliament. The Winter Session is expected to conclude on December 23, which means the report will likely be tabled sometime between December 20 to 23 if the motion is accepted. This news was revealed in Lok Sabha's List of Business for December 1, which states that P.P. Chaudhary and Dr. Kirit Premjibhai Solanki will move the following motion: "That this House do extend upto the last week of the Winter Session of Parliament, 2021, the time for presentation of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 " The much-delayed report of the bill was expected to be tabled during the previous session of the parliament. However, after a change in committee leadership and memberships, the JPC asked for an extension till the Winter Session. Under a newly-appointed chairperson, the JPC revisited the bill to reportedly discuss new recommendations to the bill. Committee has adopted the report, but multiple dissent notes expected The JPC adopted its draft report on November 22, a week before the Winter Session began, but multiple…

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