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BN Srikrishna Condemns Personal Data Protection Bill 2019

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Dec 13, 2019 6:22 AM 2 min read

BN Srikrishna Condemns Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, says can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.



BN Srikrishna condemns Personal Data Protection Bill, says it can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.

Big Brother is Watching: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led the Committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), said the bill placed in Parliament on Wednesday is “dangerous” and can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.


“They have removed the safeguards. That is most dangerous. The government can at any time access private data or government agency data on grounds of sovereignty or public order. This has dangerous implications,” Srikrishna told ET. 


The new bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week and shared with Members of Parliament on Tuesday. On December 11, it was referred to a joint select committee of both the Houses of Parliament amid protests by the Opposition. The committee could submit a report before the Budget session of the Parliament in early 2020. ET Policy


As per experts, India’s Personal Data Protection Bill offers stronger provisions to users seeking deletion of their information from commercial and social platforms compared to European privacy laws. The Bill allows individuals to approach the adjudicating officer under the independent regulator (the Data Protection Authority) to restrict or delete personal content that meets certain predefined criteria. The EU, meanwhile, puts the onus on the user to reach out to data controllers of companies such as Google and Facebook to delete such content. More on this here.


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