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Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 Passed By RS

After approval in the Lok Sabha, the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 has also been passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. 

Two days ago, this bill was approved in the Lok Sabha amidst the ruckus of the opposition MPs on the Manipur issue.

 Let us inform that earlier on August 3, the new Data Protection Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav. 

Even at this time, the opposition MPs said that through this bill, the government wants to trample the Right to Information Act.

For information, let us tell you that this bill provides for the processing of digital personal data in a manner. The Data Protection Bill 2023 recognizes the right of individuals to have their personal data protected and the need to process such personal data for legitimate purposes. 

Regarding the bill, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav says that the arbitrariness of social media companies will be curbed by the new data protection bill.

On August 7 itself, the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill, 2023 has been approved in the Lok Sabha. 

Meanwhile, the ruckus of the opposition was also seen on the Manipur issue. Explain that the opposition MPs had objected to this bill and demanded to send it to the parliamentary committee. 

The new bill in ten points

Social media firms that use user data must protect personal data, even if accessing data using third party data processors. 

In case of data breach or data theft, companies will have to inform the Data Protection Board (DPB) and users.

The data of children and the data of physically challenged persons accompanied by guardians will be accessed only after the guardians’ permission.

Firms will have to appoint a data protection officer and users will have to be informed about it.

The Central Government shall have the power to prevent and restrict the transfer of personal data to any country or territory outside India.

Appeals against the decisions of the DPB will be heard by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.

The DPB can summon firms, examine them and inspect the books and documents of the companies.

DPB may impose penalty on firms after considering the nature and seriousness of the breach, type of personal data affected. 

The DPB can advise the government to block access to an intermediary if the provisions of the Bill are violated more than twice.

Firms can face a fine of up to Rs 250 crore for a data breach, failure to protect personal data or not informing DPB and users about the breach.

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