Last update: August 03, 2022, 18:04 IST
New Delhi: India’s information technology minister on Wednesday withdrew a data protection bill that was first proposed in 2019, alarming major tech companies.
A government notice said New Delhi is taking the decision as a parliamentary panel reviewing the bill has suggested 81 amendments, resulting in the need for a new “comprehensive legal framework”.
“Considering the (panel’s) report … a comprehensive legal framework is being worked out,” the government notice said. He added that the Indian government would now “introduce a new bill.”
The privacy bill was designed to protect Indian citizens and set up a so-called data protection authority, but it raised concerns among big tech giants that it could increase their compliance burdens and data storage requirements. .
Companies including Facebook and Twitter have for years worried about India’s proposed tougher regulations for the technology sector, often straining relations between New Delhi and Washington.
India says such regulations are needed to protect citizens’ data and privacy.
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