Tag: PDPB

Final steps towards the first data protection law in India

10. December 2021

To this date, there is no comprehensive law on the protection of personal data in India. The need for such a law was already expressed in 2017, when the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court of India confirmed that privacy is a fundamental right enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution. This led to the creation of an extensive Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 (PDPB), which we have already reported on several times. It is currently pending consideration of the Indian Parliament.

The PDPB aims to ensure the protection of personal data of individuals and to establish a data protection authority for this purpose. To review and, if necessary, amend the PDPB, a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) has been formed on the demand of opposition members. On November 22nd, 2021, the JPC issued its report on the proposed law, which is meant to be the basis for further discussions in the Parliament.

Initially, it was expected to present the report together with the PDPB at the start of the Winter Session of the Parliament, which began on November 29th, 2021. However, most recently it has become known that the JCA was granted a last (so far the sixth) extension of time to submit its report to resolve disagreements among committee members. As a result, the Parliament is likely to table the final report and subsequently consider the proposed law along with possible clarifications on December 21st, 2021, ahead of the end of its current legislative session on December 23rd, 2021. Once passed by both houses of the Parliament and approved by the President, the PDPB is then to be enacted as legislation.