Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT

Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Thursday said that the recently passed Digital Personal Data Protection Act (DPDP Act) by the Parliament will enable digital companies handling data of Indian citizens under full legal liability.

Describing the law as an important milestone in the cyber law framework, Chandrasekhar said the higher penalty would have punitive consequences and would even prevent them from operating in India.

“The Digital Personal Data Protection Act which was passed by the Parliament a few days ago is a very important milestone in the global standard cyber law framework which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced as ‘India Techdey’ (a decade of technology) for one trillion. Wanted to create a dollar digital economy,” the Union minister told PTI.

The DPDP Bill aims to give Indian citizens the right to have their data protected and imposes an obligation on all companies, whether foreign or Indian, small or large, to ensure that personal data of Indian citizens is fully protected. To be handled (legal) compulsion, said Chandrasekhar.

There will be punitive consequences of high fines and fines if they do not follow the Indian rules and they can be blocked if they repeatedly violate the law, he added.

The minister claimed that the law would put a stop to the practice of misuse and exploitation of personal data by some companies.

Chandrasekhar said that the bill will bring about a profound behavioral change among Indian citizens and all digital platforms dealing with their personal data.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

first published: 17 August 2023 | 4:56 pm First


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