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India: Joint Parliamentary Committee adopts report on personal data protection bill

Shri P.P. Chaudhary, the Chairperson of the Joint Parliamentary Committee ('JPC'), announced, via Twitter, on 22 November 2021, that the JPC had adopted its report on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 ('the Bill'). In particular, Chaudhary noted that the report contains 93 recommendations, while the Bill itself encompasses 99 clauses that aim to ensure the process of safeguarding important personal data and the privacy of the citizens. Furthermore, Chaudhary highlighted that the Bill would help boost the digital economy, generate employment, and enhance the ease of doing business, in addition to balancing privacy and helping the Government of India to provide services and benefits to citizens.

Currently, the report has not been made publicly available, but will likely be tabled in the first week of the winter session of Parliament.

You can read the announcement here.

UPDATE (1 December 2021)

JPC seeks extension for presentation of report in Parliament

The JPC filed, on 1 December 2021, a motion in Parliament to extend the presentation of its report on the Bill to the last week of the winter session of Parliament in 2021.

You can read the motion here.