IT and the Data Protection Bill

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Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology rolled out its Data Protection Bill aiming to create a good relationship between people of India and the organizations that processes their respective personal data / Photo by Getty Images

 

The Data Protection Bill aims to create a good relationship based on trust between the people of India and the organizations that process their respective personal data. It also specifies the rights of specific individuals whose personal data are processed and creates a framework to better implement organizational and useful technical measures while analyzing personal information.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology stated that the Indian government is open to comments from the general populace with regard to the Data Protection Bill, according to a post published on opengovasia.com.

In a press statement a few weeks ago, the Ministry stated that it sees the importance of strong data protection and the idea of keeping personal data of the Indian citizens safe and secure.

The Ministry just recently released a document called the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018, which is the first comprehensive and detailed data protection regulation for the country. It is currently being reviewed by the Ministry and is expected to be showcased during Parliament later this year.

The Bill details the requirements and overall limitations for the legal collection, processing, and analysis of personal and sensitive information. The Ministry gave its definition of personal data as that of information about or relating to a person who is either directly or indirectly identifiable. The data relates to a person’s unique characteristics, traits, attributes, or any other form or relevant features of identification.

This document showcases how the Ministry acknowledges the right to privacy as a fundamental right and states that the bill is intended to protect the autonomy of individuals in relation to their respective personal data. It also allows citizens to specify where the flow and the overall usage of personal information are necessary and appropriate.

The Bill plans to lay down several norms for the cross-border transfer of personal information to better ensure the accountability of different entities that process personal data, thereby ensuring better remedies for unauthorized and harmful processing.