A DAY after the government withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill from Parliament, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday met the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology Shashi Tharoor and briefed him about the government’s future course of action on the Bill.
The government now plans to come up with a “comprehensive legal framework” to regulate the online space, including separate laws on data privacy, the overall Internet ecosystem, cyber security, telecom regulations and to promote innovation in the country. Including using non-personal data.
It is planning to introduce a fresh Bill in the winter session of Parliament.
Tharoor said Vaishnaw told him about the intentions behind the decision to withdraw the bill from the Lok Sabha. Vaishnaw also discussed with him the “principles that animate the future Bill”.
“I welcome the initiative of Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to brief me on the intentions behind the Government of India’s decision to withdraw the Data Protection Bill, and to join me on the principles that will animate future Bills, Which have been promised for the winter session of Parliament, Tharoor tweeted along with pictures from his meeting with Vaishnaw.