The Union Cabinet approved the Personal Data Protection Bill a couple of hours ago today (December 4, 2019). It is very likely that this bill will be taken up and passed by the Parliament this winter session. Once it receives the President’s assent and is notified in the official gazette, the new law is expected to put in place a robust legal regime for the processing of personal and private data by public and private entities. Though modelled on the European GDPR with comparable standards, the Indian bill differs in certain crucial respects such as data localisation.
This update has been contributed by Vinod Joseph (Partner).
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