Data protection bill: Lukewarm effort towards strong DPA

Author: Smriti Parsheera

This article was first published in The Quint on September 4, 2018. The views are of the individual authors. 

Since the release of the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee’s recommendations on data protection, much has been said about the substantive elements of the draft bill. This includes discussions on key issues like consent, data localisation and surveillance.

Ultimately, it is the structure of the law and the functioning of the Data Protection Authority (DPA) created under it that will determine the effectiveness of our data rights. The Committee has proposed that the DPA should be a body corporate with four sets of functions: (i) monitoring and enforcement; (ii) policy and standard setting; (iii) research and awareness; and (iv) grievance handling and adjudication

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