5 ministers from the JPC on the Data Protection Bill; is the main report ready? With the ongoing battle with Big Tech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be placing greater emphasis on data privacy for citizens. Five members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill have been induct into the Union Council of Ministers. Which could signal a shift in the government’s approach to data privacy. However, it is a moot point if the crucial panel report. Which has been subject to numerous hearings with representatives from Big Tech. Would be ready for submission during the monsoon session.
While panel chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi has been appoints as new Minister of State. For External Affairs and Minister of State for Culture, Ashwini Vaishnaw, a Rajya Sabha member from Odisha. Has been appoint as new Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Railways. Taking over from Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Railways.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of the Data Protection Bill Committee. Has been appoint as the new Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, as well as Electronics and Information Technology.
In addition to Ajay Bhatt, another member of the panel has been appoint as Minister of State for Defence and Tourism.
This is being seen as a reward for Bhupender Yadav’s reliable organizational skills since he has serve as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary since 2010 and as a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) since 2011.
According to Virag Gupta, a cyberlaw specialist based in New Delhi. The cabinet upheaval situation presents two relevant issues about data protection law, which is urgently requirs in India. The first question is whether or not the government change is a good thing.
“First and foremost, ministers are dike from serving on or serving as chairman of parliamentary committees. Therefore the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Data Protection may need to be reshuffle. If its report has not yet been complete,” Gupta adds.
According to sources, this bill may be discuss during the monsoon session of parliament; however, if the Joint Parliamentary Committee is reshuffle. Would this cause the passage of the data protection legislation by the Parliament to be delay even further?” he inquired.
This committee, which was establish in December 2019 and comprises 18 members. 19 from the Lok Sabha and nine from the Rajya Sabha, is responsible for drafting the Personal Data Protection Bill in India.
So far, the panel has invited officials from Twitter, Facebook, Google. And e-commerce behemoth Amazon to appear before it in a variety of sessions.
In order to give the committee more time to complete its findings, the committee was granted till the next monsoon session.