Confusion over India's proposed DPDPB, proposes open transfer model

08/03/2023 | Business Standard

Contradictory reports have emerged concerning the approval of the proposed Digital Personal Data Protection Bill by the Indian Parliament's Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology's. Business Standard reports that Indian Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said the Committee had given the Bill a "big thumbs-up", while Congress MP Karti Chidambaram refuted Vaishnaw's claims, saying that the Bill received no such approval. 

In related news, The Indian Express (£) reports that the Indian government plans to amend draft provisions on data transfers. Text covering transfers under Clause 17 of the DPDPB is reportedly being reworked in order to allow data to flow freely across borders. A senior government official described the framework as an "allowed-by-default model, " adding, "if the government does not want data to be transferred to a particular region, it will mention that region in its blacklist." 

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