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India’s Data Protection Plan has ‘Dynamism’: UK Info Commissioner

The Personal Data Protection Bill was prepared by a high-level committee headed by former SC judge BN Srikrishna.

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India does not have a law that protects citizens’ online data. 
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The India-UK Future Tech Festival is underway in New Delhi. UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, at the festival, has said that India has shown 'dynamism' in coming out with rules for data protection, emphasising on the fact that the end goal of data privacy should be the same for everyone, the Economic Times reported.

"The dynamism with which India has pushed for draft data protection rules is good," Denham said.

She was referring to India's draft bill, called the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 was prepared by a high-level committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice BN Srikrishna.
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According to Denham, data is an asset of the fourth industrial revolution.

“In the digital era, we all are different and at outcome level, the different paths lead to the same destination.”
Elizabeth Denham, as quoted by ET

Durham also stressed on the UK’s efforts towards data protection framework for blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence.

The Director-General for Digital and Media Policy for the UK department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Gould said that the two countries would be setting up a technology hub in Delhi in Association with software body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).

At the India-UK Future Tech festival, Indian startups were honoured as part of the TECH Rocketship Awards by the British Commission, The Indian Express reported.

(With inputs from The Economic Times and The Indian Express.)

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