The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Meenakshi Lekhi, issued a notice entitling representatives of telecom operators Jio and Airtel and cab association Ola and Uber to appear before the panel on the circulation of data security. While protecting data is a tough task, this regulation can prove to be helpful for the cause.
Purpose of the bill
The PDPB which was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 11, 2019, by the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, aspires for certain rights of the individuals to prevent the misuse of their personal data and establishment of a data protection authority for the same. The bill was issued to create a framework for organizational and technical measures in the processing of data and also the remedies for unauthorized and harmful processing. The bill was later referred to be examined and reviewed by a joint parliamentary committee. It has become a necessity to work on this bill because of the fact that these days protecting one’s privacy on online platforms has become a tough job. With so many websites and cookies pondering over your activity on the internet, it is mandatory to regulate a user’s privacy through such a bill.
The commitment of Data curator
The processing of personal data shall be subjected to a certain purpose such as:
- Data curators must substantiate the age and obtain parental consent when processing the personal data of children.
- Implementing security safeguards such as data encryption.
- No retention of data, beyond its usage as per consent.
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Notice of the JPC
On November 4, exemplars of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Jio platforms have been called to assert before the panel on two different sittings. On the next day, representatives of Ola and Uber have been summoned to appear before the panel. Representatives of Airtel and Truecaller are timetabled to aver before the panel separately on November 6. And as in September, Google had a rift with Paytm claiming that the company is violating the privacy, so on October 29, Google and Paytm are scheduled to appear before the panel. Branded social media searches Facebook and Twitter and e-commerce major, Amazon have already asserted before the panel.
The PolicyTimes Suggestions
- The information that is collected must be maintained in an accurate manner so that the interests of the individuals are protected.
- The committee who are in control of the data management must investigate the fact that a user’s privacy is safeguarded. Every app and site must not be allowed to ingress the personal data of the individuals.
- The telecom representatives must make sure that he/she feels protected while using their services as data theft is a crucial thing in the digital platform nowadays.
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