UKIBC welcomes the introduction of India’s contemporary, principle-based Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023

By Kealan Finnegan

Following the UKIBC’s participation in the formal consultation period, we welcome the introduction in Parliament today of India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023. This Bill presents a contemporary, principle-based framework to govern personal data in India.

The Government of India’s consultative approach to design this legislation was welcomed by UKIBC and our members. In recent years the UKIBC has undertaken a range of policy discussions with our members – leading UK and Indian businesses for whom data or digital services are a key part of their business operations. We published reports in 2022 and 2023 on the benefits of harmonising the UK and India data protection regimes, and made submissions to the Government of India as part of the formal consultation process.

Growth of the data economy is key to India realising its vision of a USD 5 trillion economy. We welcome the Bill’s focus on: streamlining the rights and responsibilities for data fiduciaries and processors; providing the enabling conditions for cross-border data transfers; increasing the ease of compliance for managing consent; and giving clarity on grievance redressal mechanisms.

We look forward to reviewing the provisions in greater detail with our members in the coming weeks.

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