Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar discussed about DPDP Bill with stakeholders

Dec 24: The Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, is here today to meet over 200 stakeholders from various walks of life to discuss and deliberate on the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022, for which public consultations are open until January 2, 2023.

MoS Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar deliberating on Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022

The attendees included representatives from industry, think tanks, law firms, and consumer and citizen rights groups, and they discussed the crucial role that the provisions of the bill are going to play in data protection.

Speaking at the meeting, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar said Shri Narendra Modi’s government’s vision is to build a modern framework that will prevent the misuse of personal data, and that too in a way that does not create a compliance-heavy framework.

He stated that the bill will act as a kinetic enabler for personal data protection while catalysing data-led innovation and the startup ecosystem. “Post the bill, the intermediaries will have to go for deep behavioural changes — it will no longer be business as usual for them,” he said.

MoS Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar deliberating on Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022

The stakeholders came up with various suggestions related to different clauses of the bill, including the penalty regime for data fiduciaries, regarding obtaining parental consent for children, cross-border data flows, consent managers and how the government intends to regulate them, and many others. The Minister also provided clarity on the “deemed consent” clause for the government’s access to data.

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