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India: Government withdraws personal data protection bill

The Minister of Railways, Communications, and Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, filed, on 3 August 2022, a motion in Lok Sabha, the lower House of Parliament, to withdraw the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. In particular, the motion seeks to withdraw the bill as amended by the Joint Parliamentary Committee, following its report issued in December 2021. According to the motion, a statement containing reasons for which the bill is being withdrawn has been circulated to Members of Parliament.

Following the motion, Vaishnaw also confirmed via Twitter, on the same day, that the bill had been withdrawn and that a new bill is expected to be presented for public consultation.

You can read the motion here and the announcement on Twitter here.