Only 400 firms respond to draft data protection bill

The IT Ministry has received more than 400 responses from companies, industry bodies and government departments on the draft personal data protection bill, and will take stock of suggestions before its proposed introduction in Parliament, according to a senior official. The deadline to submit suggestions on the government’s draft personal data protection bill closed on Wednesday.

An official, who did not wish to be named, said the IT Ministry will start systematically analysing and crystallising the responses now, following which, it will further consult related stakeholders and certain ministries like Law and Justice.

The official said some of the responses talk of how the language of the draft bill can be tightened to avoid its multiple interpretation in the future, and added that some suggestions were around the costs surrounding mandatory localisation or storage of data, that the bill proposes.

Many global industry bodies have contended that data localisation proposed in the draft bill could have “significant negative effects” on the ability of companies to do business in India.