Digital Personal Data Protection bill passed by Rajya Sabha
On Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha passed the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill (DPDPB), 2023 by voice vote. Now, after President Draupadi Murmu grants her assent, the Bill will now become law.
From hefty penalties ranging from a minimum of Rs.50 crore to a maximum of Rs.250 crore on social media platforms for violating rules to enabling digital markets to grow more responsibly while safeguarding citizens’ data, the Data Protection Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 7.
The bill also mandates that India have its data protection regulator in the form of a Data Protection Board. The bill says the chairperson and members of the board will be appointed by the Union government.
Apart from that, the bill also has provisions that give wide exemptions to the government. The proposed law says its provisions will not apply in respect to the processing of personal data when notified by “instrumentality of the state as the central government may notify”.
In the Upper House, the Bill was presented for passage by Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw.
On Monday, the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, was passed in Lok Sabha amid noisy protests by the Opposition.
The Opposition later staged a walk-out after their request for raising a point of order was disallowed. The point of order was on the allegations levelled by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey on Congress party and Rahul Gandhi.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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