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'No Question of Pressure': Ashwini Vaishnaw on Scrapping of Personal Data Bill

The bill had sought to regulate how an individual's data can be used by companies and the government.

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After the Centre scrapped the Personal Data Protection Bill amid widespread contentions about it violating fundamental rights on Wednesday, 3 August, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, asserted that it was an important move.

He said in the age of digital economy where technology changes rapidly we need a "contemporary and modern" legal framework.

"No question of coming under any pressure, it is a very conscious decision and a well thought-out process."
Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told ANI
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The bill, which sought to regulate how an individual's data can be used by companies and the government, was withdrawn in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session, after a joint parliamentary committee suggested 81 changes to it.

He said the the joint parliamentary committee worked very extensively on it after which a report was presented with 12 major suggestions and a list of recommendations. The recommendations had 81 amendments in a Bill that had 99 sections in total.

"With the whole digital economy that we have and the way the technology landscape is changing rapidly we need a very contemporary and modern legal framework," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

(With inputs from ANI)

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