- GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Context: In a surprise development last week, the Government withdrew the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019, thereby abruptly halting the country’s quest for a national data protection law.
- The short circular issued by the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology simply states that considering the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) — it had proposed 81 amendments and made 12 recommendations — “a comprehensive legal framework is being worked on”.
- The government has stated that it would be far easier to come out with a new Bill instead of modifying the current one.
Mains Practice Question – By withdrawing the Personal Data Protection Bill, is the government taking retrograde step? Comment.
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