[India] AIC Submits Comments on Joint Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Personal Data Protection Bill [January 2022]

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Asia Internet Coalition submits comments on the Joint Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 16 December 2021 laid down its report on the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 (PDP Bill 2019) before the Parliament of India (Report). The JPC has proposed a revised version of the PDP Bill 2019, i.e., the Data Protection Bill, 2021 (DP Bill 2021). We extend our appreciation to the JPC for its efforts in holding detailed public consultations while reviewing the DP Bill 2021 in order to make it at par with global laws, such as the European Union (EU)’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We note that the Report lays great emphasis on the promotion of ease of doing business and the development of India’s digital economy. Accordingly, the JPC has recommended transitional provisions so that relevant entities have sufficient time to ensure compliance. The JPC has also appreciably recommended provisions relating to regulatory sandboxes, the promotion of start-ups, etc.