Mozilla has been on the forefront in campaigning for the need of a strong data protection law in India. It has repeatedly urged the Government of India to implement a data protection law as a national priority (see here, here, and here.)
With the latest developments of the revised Personal Data Protection Bill being approved by the cabinet last week, and circulated among the Members of Parliament today, please find below the initial reaction of Mozilla’s Policy Advisor, Udbhav Tiwari to the draft bill which has been made available in the public domain today.
“Indians have been waiting for a strong data protection law for years now, and this latest bill delivers real privacy in regards to processing by companies and is a dramatic step backwards in terms of processing and surveillance by the government. Exceptions for government use of data, the verification of social media users, and the forced transfer of non-personal data all represent new, significant threats to Indians’ privacy. If Indians are to be truly protected, it is urgent that the Parliament reviews and addresses these dangerous provisions before they become law.”
Our policy team is available to discuss the tenets of the circulated bill, and we will also be sharing a more detailed reaction on the bill tomorrow, on our official blog.
Please let us know if you would like to discuss any tenets of the bill in further detail. We look forward to hearing from you and taking up follow-up queries.
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