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‘Absolutist’ GDPR-like Data Protection Approach Not For India: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

The Minister of State said that India cannot have an ‘absolutist’ approach like the EU’s GDPR in upcoming data protection law

Speaking to The Indian Express, the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrashekhar said that the GDPR is a little more "absolutist" in how they approach data protection and such a law is not possible for India because of the country's "thriving ecosystem of innovators".  Why it matters: In the said interview, Rajeev Chandrashekhar's comments on data localisation, platform regulation and data protection give insights into India's upcoming data protection legislation. Few weeks back, Chandrashekhar said that a Digital Data Protection Bill and Digital India Act, which will replace the IT Act, will be rolled out in the next 3-4 months, Livemint reported. India's Personal Data Protection Bill, 2021 was withdrawn from the parliament earlier this year. Medianama has been closely tracking the developments leading to the new legislation.  Takeaways from Rajeev Chandrashekhar's interview:  Following GDPR?: Speaking about if the bill will use a GDPR-like model for data flows, the minister said "we read, observe and understand all the global laws, the GDPR is not particularly the model we are following." Because of the nature of the internet, cross-border flow is inherent for innovators, the minister said. He added that the government will "address issues of security and consumers’ rights to data protection," both.  Innovation vs Privacy: The minister indicated that the bill will be created keeping startups and young entrepreneurs in mind. He said that it is a "false binary" that a choice between data protection and ease of doing business has to be made. "Our architecture will effectively ensure that those are not…

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