Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy is a fundamental right for every Indian Citizen.

The Indian government has now proposed a new data privacy bill — Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022.

This is the fourth iteration of the proposed bill and is now open for public review and feedback till 17 December 2022.

https://www.meity.gov.in/writereaddata/files/The%20Digital%20Personal%20Data%20Protection%20Bill%2C%202022.pdf

The DPDP bill becomes quite significant in ensuring the privacy of Indian Citizens online.

Here are some key points from the DPDP draft bill:

- The law will cover personal data collected online and digitized offline data.

- Companies will be required to stop retaining user data if it no longer serves the business purpose for which it was collected.

- No organization will be allowed to process personal data “likely to cause harm” to children, and advertising cannot target children. Parent consent is required before processing any personal data of a child. (This is my favorite part of the bill 🙂)

- Companies can transfer user data outside Indian borders, but only to “trusted geographies” that the Indian Government approves sending data to.

- The law also applies to the processing of personal data abroad, if it involves profiling Indian users or selling services to them.

- A “Data Protection Board” will be established to ensure compliance with the proposed law. The Data Protection Board can levy financial penalties for non-compliance. The board would also hear user complaints and take certain actions accordingly.

- Companies of “significant” size should appoint an independent data auditor to evaluate compliance with provisions of the law.

- Organizations failing to take reasonable security measures to prevent data breaches could be penalized with fines of up to USD 30 million approx.

- State agencies may be exempted from processing data from the proposed law in the interest of national security.

- Users shall have the right to correction and erasure of their personal data.

Share your thoughts on this digital personal data protection bill 2022.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store