The Centre will present a new bill.

Mumbai:

Union IT Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Thursday that the will present a new draft of the data protection in the next few .

Speaking at the 3rd Fintech Festival, Mr Vaishnaw said that input from stakeholders had been taken into account when developing the bill.

“It’s only a matter of days that the will be uploaded for consultation,” he said.

The government withdrew its personal data protection bill, first introduced in late 2019, in early August.

Mr Vaishnaw said the joint parliamentary committee that passed the original draft recommended 88 amendments to the 91-part bill, which led the government to decide it had “no choice” but to withdraw the original entirely.

He added that a lot has changed during the pandemic, making it necessary to incorporate new knowledge into the law.

However, the minister made it clear that even in the absence of data protection laws, there is no need to fear of privacy, as the Supreme Court has declared it a fundamental right.

At the same time, he urged the industry to actively cooperate with the government to develop laws and regulations on topics such as games, fake news, cryptocurrencies, payments, credit fraud, etc., so that timely action can be taken to address issues of wider social concern. .

“There are some industries that are really raising societal concerns, and we have to really come forward… Government and industry should work together as a united group to have a solid set of regulations for all of these issues,” he said.

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He pointed to the need for society to keep pace with changing times, saying addiction was “very easy” in the digital world and regulations would help.

The minister warned: “If we don’t, there will be a backlash in society…if you don’t, there will be so much resentment that industry won’t be able to face it tomorrow.”

Mr Vaishnaw said the government expects Minister Narendra Modi to launch 5G services in early October, with to cover most of the country within the next two years.

He said the government is investing $30 to connect internet fibre, or 4G broadband, to every village committee in the country, which has so far reached 150,000 village committees, adding that 80,000 new village are being created every month. connect.

The government also intends to cultivate entrepreneurs at the village level who will provide digital services to ordinary people in the village, he said.

Mr Vaishnaw said the draft Telecommunications 2022 was released on Wednesday night along with a detailed explanatory note and asked the industry to raise its advice and concerns on the matter.

“We are looking at 3-4 pieces of legislation that will create a comprehensive set of legislation for the digital world,” he added.

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