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The government of India has scrapped the Personal Data Protection Bill it's worked on for three years, and announced it will – eventually – unveil a superior bill. The bill, proposed in 2019, would have enabled the government to gather user data from companies while regulating cross-border data flows. It also included …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Well, 81 out of 99

    It's unfortunate, but if the Indian Parliament felt that 81% of the proposed law was to be changed, then maybe it should indeed be retired and a better law proposed instead.

    Hopefully, the new law will take into account these modifications and bring them into the law's body from the start.

    Or not. IANAL.

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      Re: Well, 81 out of 99

      > Hopefully, the new law will take into account these modifications

      When you start having to rely on hope you know you're screwed. A bad law proposition can be improved, fixed, adapted, but a verbal promise that one day your prince will come is only worth the paper it's not written upon.

      Most likely their handlers decided they had enough of that nonsense and ordered them to drop it or else, like it is happening everywhere else. Soon coming to a congress near you, I guess...

    2. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: Well, 81 out of 99

      In other news, a proper reform of the UK's House of Lords is due any day now.

      1. Lorribot

        Re: Well, 81 out of 99

        ...because the House Of Commons is such a good model on how to do things properly and clearly giving the general populous more say on employing more self gratifying idiots with their empty promises that evaporate upon election and swinging constantly between two opposing ideologies that between them have consistantly broken this country, well we can all see how that ends.

        Democracy only works when you have no group/party with overall control (Germany) so progress is by consensus, one party with control forever (Japan) so long term planning can happen or the ideologies are not really that different. Countries doing well for long periods is generally despite the politicians (US) rather then because of them.

        On topic. GDPR despite all is actual a pretty good bit of law, why not just copy it?

        All the tech giants understand it so would be easy to implement for India. I am pretty certain Laws are not subject to copyright or plagiarism and by rewriting to be specific to India would be easier than reinventing the wheel, unless of course the Indian government had aspirations to steal their peoples data for their own benefit.....

  2. Snake Silver badge

    Truth in advertising

    The Bill was not admired by Big Tech or digital rights orgs. Asia Internet Coalition – a trade org whose members include Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter and more – sent a letter [PDF] to lawmakers last January calling the data localization requirements in the bill "onerous" and asserting cross-border transfer decisions should be free of political interference.

    Let's re-read their statement with more truth:

    "We don't want political 'interference' in OUR ability to decide how much money we can make; we have no obligation to anyone except ourselves and refuse to spend any money to keep data within localized municipalities if that means we can't do what we damn well please with said data, including illegitimately selling it to the highest bidder."


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