New Data Protection Act, 2019

In this contemporary era, our information is saved in the servers. However, with regards to information safety, the route gets narrow. It means that the consumer is getting the records that who’s accumulating this information, what information has been collected, wherein it’s been saved. History witnessed many incidences wherein this information has been used for malpractices. One outstanding instance from records is the PUBG cellular sport which became continuously sending a gaggle of information to China’s servers illegally.

With the current growth in cybercrimes, the authorities of India got here up with its very own information safety laws, which are primarily based totally at the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It consists of all of the information which may be used to discover an individual, both directly or indirectly, is protected below the Data Protection Bill, 2019. This can encompass names, addresses, economic records, etc.

The bill outlines that an organization wishes to inform an individual from earlier than gathering or the use of their records. The exceptions to this are if the records are processed below regulation or court order, for functions associated with employment or for a ‘reasonable’ motive exact via way of means of the Data Protection Authority (DPA) — the nodal organization a good way to be searching after the complete framework. Reasonable functions consist of the operation of seek engines, fraud prevention, mergers and acquisitions, and credit score scoring however isn’t always restricted to any prescribed scope of activity.

Moreover, clause 91 of the bill lets in the concerned authorities to get admission to anonymised or non-private records to border rules withinside the net of the ‘virtual economy’. “Such provisions display that the proposed regulation is a way greater inquisitive about treating records as a resource,” stated the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). This shows that there’s nonetheless large scope for a user’s records to get gathered without their consent. The simplest distinction is that rather than a non-public agency exploiting your private details, it is going to be the authorities with little in its manner to forestall overreach. Even ‘critical’ and ‘sensitive’ records — consisting of religion, age, gender and different character identifiers — can be to be had to the authorities withinside the hobby of ‘countrywide security’. The vaguely worded clause leaves room for misuse, in line with critics.

Rights of the users under the Personal Data Protection Bill:

  • The right to achieve affirmation from the fiduciary on whether or not their non-public data has been processed.
  • The right to have personal data transferred to another statistics fiduciary in certain circumstances
  • The right to limit continuing disclosure in their personal data via way of means of a fiduciary, if it is no longer necessary or consent is withdrawn.

Penalties under the Data Protection Bill, 2019:

  • There shall be a fine of ₹15 crore of 4% of annual turnover if any piece of data is transferred without taking the concern.
  • It shall cause a fine of ₹5 crore or 2% of annual turnover, if there is a failure to conduct a data audit.
  • If there is a re-identification and processing of de-identified data without consent, a fine or an imprisonment can be penalised.

Authority without independence
If there may be a case of facts misuse, customers can file a grievance under the Information Technology Act, of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Consumer Protection Act, Indian Contract Act, or appearance to sectoral regulators till now. The new set of legal guidelines cover all troubles beneath the ambit of the DPA. If there may be any breach of personal facts, the organization in charge may have to tell the DPA. After that, however, the apex frame may be in the rate of identifying whether or not the facts breach needs to be communicated to the affected customers or direct the organization to mitigate the threat.

The decision-making remains not in choose of the customers themselves. Moreover, the independence of the DPA has additionally been known as into question. The contributors that include the DPA encompass a chairperson and 6 committee contributors, in an effort to be appointed with the aid of using the critical authorities on the advice of a choice committee. The committee itself is shaped with the aid of using senior civil servants, together with the Cabinet Secretary. Critics declare that the authorities has an excessive amount of electricity to rent and cast off contributors at their discretion. This additionally implies a degree of capacity to steer the contributors of the DPA and the underlying committee.

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