Analysis of The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

With growing sensitivity around the use of personal data by third parties, many economies around the world have started formulating policies to curtail the data misuse. One such sweeping law is the European “General Data Protection Regulation” which was enforced in May 2018.

It became imperative that one of the fastest growing economies ie India also puts together a law to protect the data of its citizens. This has led the government to appoint the Justice BN Sri Krishna, committed to formulating a data policy for India.

Justice BN SriKrishna committee submitted the report on Data Protection Law or “The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018” to the central government and it is proposed to be tabled in the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session. The central government had set up this committee under the leadership of retired Supreme Court Judge BN SriKrishna.

The other members of the committee are Unique Identification Authority of India CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, National Cyber Security coordinator Gulshan Rai, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy research director Arghya Sengupta, Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan and joint secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT Gopalakrishnan S.