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- It talks about the recently enacted Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 (DPDP Act).
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- India has enacted the Digital Personal Data Protection Act 2023 (DPDP Act) after a long wait. This law will impact all entities, businesses, or commercial enterprises that process any personal data, and, most significantly, the data principals in India. This article analyzes the DPDP Act and its implications.
Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 (DPDP Act):
- Impact on India's Economy and Trade Negotiations:
- The DPDP Act will be an important milestone in India's journey to become a $3-trillion economy.
- It will also impact the various multilateral trade negotiations that are underway and the G20 presidency that India shoulders this year.
- Having a framework that allows for free cross-border data flows as the default mechanism will enable India to consolidate its position as the emerging leader for technological innovation.
- Meaningful Rights for Data Principals:
- The DPDP Act provides for meaningful rights for data principals. It will foster accountability and transparency.
- Having a dedicated adjudicatory mechanism in the Data Protection Board will ensure that institutional knowledge is built, leading to consistency in pronouncements and enforcement action.
- Doing away with criminal prosecution aligns it with the government's overall intent to decriminalize economic offences.
- Providing for voluntary undertakings in the course of a proceeding before the Board will foster self-compliance.
- India's Unique Approach to Setting Up a Data Protection Regime:
- While India has adopted an approach that allows for free flow of data across borders, the government has retained the ability to blacklist countries or jurisdictions to which data transfers may be restricted.
- Some of the powers that the government has retained for itself, such as the power to block access to information in certain cases or seek information without due safeguards, is unprecedented.
- It remains to be seen how these powers are ultimately exercised, especially given that there is a distinct lack of due process prescribed.
- Challenges and Grey Areas:
- There are still more elements of how the DPDP Act will be operationalized that are yet to be defined through subordinate legislation.
- There are also significant exemptions available to the government. By mere notification, the government (parts or all of it) can be exempt from the applicability of the entire law.
- There are also grey areas that will require privacy and legal professionals to apply their expertise and experience to decipher.
- The DPDP Act is a reasonable legislation that focuses on enabling principles. Given that it is horizontally applicable, sector-neutral, and extraterritorially applicable, the impact across the economy within and outside India will be high.
- There will be undoubtedly an impact on compliance cost and business models, and so a transition period will be given to allow entities to align themselves with this new law.
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