Monday, January 30, 2023

Kamal Haasan opposes the draconian Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, urging the Center not to weaken the Right to Information Act.


Deputy Minister of Information and Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw has received a letter from actor-politician Kamal Haasan claiming the digital data protection bill will severely hamper the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Using Twitter, he shared a picture of the letter and wrote, “It is imperative for any democracy to flourish if its citizens are actively involved in it. The Data Protection Bill is a draconian attack on the RTI Act that I urge all citizens of the country to oppose.”

In addition, he stated, “Today is the last day to provide your feedback. Below you will find my letter and the link to submit your opinion. I appeal to Indians to unite and save our democracy.”

The President of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) stated, “The draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 removes this balancing test from the Right to Information Act, 2005, rendering it meaningless.”

Moreover, he stated in his letter that the draft of the Bill is only available in English, and none of the regional languages of the country are included.

My fellow citizens of India and those across the country do not use English as their primary communication language. In his letter of December 16, he said that “it is crucial that the draft Bill be published in regional languages so that citizens can provide healthy feedback.”

Explore more: The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022, Guides, MeitY, and Privacy: This Is A Complete Guide.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on November 18 released the much-awaited Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill, 2022, the fourth iteration of India’s draft data protection law.

A data protection law has been in the works since 2017, when the Supreme Court, in the landmark Puttaswamy judgment, ruled that privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens, putting the government under the obligation to pass legislation to protect this right.

MeitY has invited feedback from the public on the draft Bill by December 17, 2022 (Updated: Deadline extended to January 2, 2023). The feedback may be submitted on the MyGov website. Notably, MeitY has informed that “no public disclosure of the submissions will be made.”

We will be updating this post with a guide to our coverage of the Bill—summaries, comparisons to previous iterations of the Bill, analysis, opinions, stakeholders’ feedback, etc. You can also find our complete coverage of the Bill under the tag Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022.

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