Lok Sabha refers data safety bill to joint Household panel


NEW DELHI: Amid criticism that privacy provisions had been diluted, the private

facts security monthly bill

was referred to a joint pick committee of Parliament quickly immediately after it was launched with communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad shifting a resolution which was handed by voice vote.

The panel will have 20 members from

Lok Sabha

and 10 from

Rajya Sabha

. The Upper Household will give names of users. Prasad named Meenakashi Lekhi, S S Ahluwalia, P P Chaudhary, Sanjay Jaiswal, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Kirit Solanki, Heena Gavit, Tejasvi Surya, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, Arvind Dharmapuri and Ajay Bhatt from the treasury benches and Gaurav Gogoi, S Jothimani, P V Mithun Reddy, Srikant Shinde, B Mehtab, K Kanimozhi, Ritesh Pandey and Saugata Roy from the opposition.

He said the Speaker will advise an MP to be the panel’s chairman. The panel is predicted to give its report just before the stop of the spending plan session which normally commences in the very last week of January.

TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay asked for the Speaker to exchange Saugata Roy with occasion MP

Mahua Moitra

as Roy is hectic. The Speaker requested the parliamentary affairs minister to examine it. Even so, Prasad reported a selection can be taken by the Speaker right after the member’s resignation as there is a technique to be adopted.

Some of the opposition members demanded the monthly bill be circulated in public for wider session.

Opposition get-togethers these types of as Congress and TMC attacked the government for a increasing “snooping industry” under its enjoy and alleged the bill violated the Constitution. In advance of its introduction, opposition customers Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress and Roy and Moitra spoke from the bill, demanding it be examined by a standing committee.

Prasad defended the bill, asserting it had the Supreme Court’s mandate as the court experienced underlined the need to have for a data protection legislation.

The proposed law was organized on the tips of the Justice Srikrishna Committee which, he reported, experienced engaged in the “widest consultation”. The bill seeks a bar on storing and processing of private details devoid of express consent of an individual. It, nevertheless, offers exemptions for “reasonable purposes” these kinds of as “prevention and detection of any unlawful activity.” It mandates processing of “critical” individual info only in India.