The Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 presented in the Parliament on 11th December 2019 is yet to be passed. It is presently with the Joint Parliamentary committee but seems to have not progressed much due to the Covid19 situation.
There is one section of stake holders who are happy with the delay and there is another section of stake holders who are unhappy.
The Government has been following a very cautious approach in finalizing the legislation and is listening to all vested interest groups and allowing the deferrment under one pretext or the other. The PDPB 2018 had already gone through a public consultation and the PDPB 2019 is again going through another public consultation.
It is ironic that the industry which embraced GDPR without a murmur suddenly has started raising objections to the Indian law as if India has no right to pass a law that could affect the freedom of the business entities to loot the personal data of Indians.
Several centuries ago the conquerors of the Arab world and the sea pirates from the west have plundered the Indian wealth to the extent possible and now the new business managers from the west are trying to exploit the data wealth in the country. Hence they are raising objections after objections to the passing of the Act.
This tendency is verymuch evident in the note submitted by the Asian Security Industry & Financial markets Association (ASIFMA) and Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, a copy of which is available here.
Despite the long note submitted, it appears that these organizations donot want to see India passing this legislation and even if passed, it has to be completely in favour of the business organizations to help them continue the exploitation of personal data of Indian Citizens. The NASSCOM has already submitted its comments which is also more in the same mould in favour of the MNCs.
After perusing the unreasonable submission made by AFISMA, Naavi.org has considered it necessary to make a point by point comment on the suggestions, which is enclosed here.
We hope the Joint Parliamentary committee will take into account the comments made herein.