Digital Data Protection Bill Passes Both Houses of Parliament in India
AUTHORED BY ANI NOZADZE, REGULATORY & REQUIREMENTS COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST, COMPLIANCE & RISKS
Today the Digital Data Protection Bill was passed in the upper house of the Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha). After its adoption by the lower house (Lok Sabha) earlier this week (on 7 August 2023) and today’s passing, the Bill now awaits the President’s assent.
Scope and Applicability
The Bill establishes a comprehensive personal data protection framework in India and sets out the responsibilities of Data Fiduciaries (data controllers) as well as the rights of Data Principals (data subjects).
The Bill will apply to the processing of digital personal data within the territory of India if it is collected in digital form or in non-digital form and digitized later on. The Bill’s coverage also extends to processing of data outside India if such processing is in connection with the activities relating to offering of goods or services to Data Principals within the territory of India.
Upon the adoption of the Bill, the data protection authority – Data Protection Board of India – will also be established.
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