The Union Cabinet earlier today accorded its approval to the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP Bill), and intends to table it on the floor of the parliament in this session. The version of the PDP Bill that has been approved by the Union Cabinet is not yet available publicly.
We believe the final bill is likely to ease some restrictions around cross border data flows and rationalise the definition of sensitive personal data. It is likely to be an improved draft. As we have not seen the new Bill, these are our impressions based on various discussions.
As of the last available public version of the PDP Bill there were key concerns surrounding cross-border data transfers, processing of data of foreign nationals in India, classification of types of personal data, and handling of employment-related personal data by data fiduciaries.
NASSCOM had submitted the industry’s position on these issues before the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. MeitY had also conducted a limited consultation on these issues. NASSCOM and DSCI’s responses to the same are attached for your reference.
We continue to track this development, and will keep you updated and engage appropriately.