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Tech industry sees two pain points in data protection bill

The PDP Bill proposes voluntary verification of users and sharing of anonymised data by firms with the govt.

By Surabhi Agarwal, ET Bureau |Updated: December 06, 2019, 08.12PM IST
NEW DELHI: The tech industry’s relief at the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill allowing free flow of non-critical and non-sensitive data is mixed with apprehension over the proposed law’s two new provisions largely affecting big internet firms. The PDP Bill proposes voluntary verification of users on social media platforms and sharing of anonymised data by companies with the government.
business. “Some kinds of data are an asset to companies and if you ask them to part with that asset through a law, it may not go down well with companies.” Karan Bajwa, managing director, IBM India, said the government should reach out to a variety of stakeholders, including industry, in a robust consultation process before finalising the bill.

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