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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

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A Google office in India.

The bill would have required companies like Google to get specific permission for most uses of an individual's data.

Credit: Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The Indian government on Wednesday unexpectedly withdrew a proposed bill on data protection that a panel of lawmakers had been laboring over for more than two years, saying it was working on a new law.

The abandoned legislation, Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, would have required internet companies like Meta and Google to get specific permission for most uses of a person's data, and would have eased the process of asking for such personal data to be erased. Countries worldwide have been adopting such steps, including in Europe with the General Data Protection Regulation.

But privacy advocates and some lawmakers complained that the bill would have given the government excessively broad powers over personal data, while exempting law enforcement agencies and public entities from the law's provisions, ostensibly for national security reasons.

From The New York Times
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