Data Protection Bill

45% people stated that data localisation should be flexible: Data Protection Bill Survey

 Tsaaro announced the key findings of its survey in anticipation for India’s new Data Protection Bill. In the present case, the withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 had sparked a lot of debates and experts wanted to understand what the public and the individuals from the privacy domain believe the new bill should bring in and what it should bring in from its preceding draft as it is. This survey mainly focuses on understanding these stands and the reasoning behind them.

To research and identify the reasons as per the focus of this survey, the  research team, along with the team of privacy experts, analyzed the issues that persist in the recent draft of the Bill, made reference to the stand of such clauses and aspects of the bill to the international legislations. 73% percent of People don’t want that the non-personal data should come under the purview of this bill. 55% percent of People don’t believe that all data transfers require official clearance.

The survey was sent out to the public via different platforms to ensure maximum participation and through specific pipelines to privacy professionals. All the survey participants answered and provided with their experiences and insights relating to the issue. 45% people stated that data localisation should be flexible  whereas 55% believe data transfers regulations should be flexible.

Akarsh Singh, co-founder CEO, Tsaaro, said: “This opinion about making the legislation future ready is essential, as we are still at the stage of the debate behind it. So we should predetermine the scope of such a draft, make it wholesome and inclusive, ready for global governance and learn from the existing legislations as they have already been implemented by taking into account the concerns and positive effects of their laws.”

Taking multiple suggestions into account from the individuals who took up the survey, a compiled suggestion that has come across is that they believe that the DPB has to be comprehensive since our diversity and issues are way different from that of any developed country (UK, EU or the US), so a full-on replica of their legislation wouldn’t be feasible.

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