The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 11 December 2019.

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The Bill was introduced by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

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The Bill gives gives a lot of power to the government, as it has the power to exempt whichever agency as it sees fit

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It means that these agencies can process personal data without consent!

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Since the government gets complete authority in this matter, there will be no say of the people in the use of their data

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Key points of the new updated version of the Data Protection Bill

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1. Storing, processing of personal data:

The draft bill says the personal data should not be processed, except with the consent given by the data principal

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2. Processing of children's data:

Before processing any personal data of a child, the data fiduciary will need to verify his age and obtain the consent of his parent or guardian.

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3. Data on health can be processed without consent:

Data concerning health services can be processed without the consent of the owner, the draft bill said.

4. Restriction on transfer of data outside India:

Subject to certain conditions, the sensitive personal data can be transferred outside India with permission but has to be stored in India only

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5. Penalty:

The bill provides for a penalty of up to Rs 15 crore or 4% of global turnover for companies found violating norms

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One of the primary criticisms of this Bill is the amount of power it gives the government.

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The Bill also provides people what is known as the “Right to be Forgotten”

here, the person can restrict the disclosure of the personal data

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However, this is subject to certain conditions, such as when the data is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was processed.