India’s data protection bill is a clear, cogent piece of draft legislation: Meta’s Nick Clegg


Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, has welcomed the revised version of India’s proposed Digital Personal Data Protection Bill (DPDP bill), terming it as “really promising”

Speaking at a session of the Carnegie Global Technology Summit, moderated by Rudra Chaudhuri, Director of Carnegie India, Clegg said: “I think the new DPDP bill is a clear, cogent piece of draft legislation. It has great clarity about what it’s trying to achieve”

Clegg added that it remains to be seen how it is executed. “There are lots of twists and turns in terms of how you interpret it and apply it. But in broad terms, it seems to me the Indian government has done some really thoughtful work in terms of this revised draft.”

On November 18 the government of India had released the revised draft digital personal data protection bill, which focuses only on personal data, effectively doing away with regulating the use of non-personal data.

Clegg, added, “The way that governments operate around the world, it can sometimes be quite difficult for them to accept that maybe they need to revise and rethink. It seems to me that what has happened is there’s been a real process of openness, people have listened to feedback and that’s been enshrined in the new text. I think it’s a really promising turn of events.”

Clegg also made some positive remarks about India’s stance in favor of open data flows. He believes that this move will be important as India is set to assume the chairmanship of the G20 from December 1.

“I think India is entirely entitled to expect the same sort of principle of reciprocity around the world, but doing so in a way which retains that openness of data flows. I think we’re inching towards a more subtle, nuanced, and mature debate” he said.




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