Passed but not in force: India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Act
We are pleased to share that our Partner, Jitendra Soni has been quoted by Global Data Review in the article titled, "Passed but not in force: India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Act"
Jitendra says the rules are “almost ready” and that they might be released for public consultationaround the middle of December, with a consultation period likely to last between 45 and 60 days.
He suggests that the Indian context could explain the differences from the GDPR – and also explain why it has beenextensively cut down from 67 pages in the initial draft to 21 in the final act.
Soni notes that large swathes of India’s population are now online – including areas where people don’t even know the basic [data rights], they just use the phone like anything. “That’s why applications like TikTok had huge success in India because it was mostly very popular amongst rural Indians,” he added. “That’s why India had a peculiar challenge when it comes to privacy literacy.”
Jitendra praises the Indian government for having realised that “having legislation premised around GDPR, coming from a regionwhere privacy literacy might be better, might not be addressing the demands of our market”.
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