Exemptions for govt agencies in data bill can be disastrous: Justice Srikrishna
In an interview, Justice Srikrishna, the architect of the first draft bill, said the blanket power of exemption from all provisions of the law in favour of a government agency is a disastrous move
The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, which seeks to regulate the use of individual data by the government and private companies has been referred to a joint Parliament committee. The proposed law, as cleared by the Union cabinet, allows the government to access personal data. The provision has attracted much controversy, for being in sharp contrast to what was proposed by an expert group headed by former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna in its first draft in July 2018.
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