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    Government to Release Digital Personal Data Protection Rules for Consultation before the Upcoming Parliamentary Session: Report

    The government plans to release the Digital Personal Data Protection Rules (DPDP Rules) for public consultation before the beginning of the upcoming parliamentary session, according to a report by the Economic Times. An unnamed government official comments, the intent is to give stakeholders ample time to deliberate. These rules fall under the ‘India’s Data Protection Act’ passed by the parliament in August 2023.

    The official told ET that once the rules are made public, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is likely to give stakeholders 45 days to submit their views, adding that the Ministry aims to ensure that rules are notified within a year of the Act being passed. 

    This development comes days after the National eGovernance Division (NeGD) conducted a workshop on the Digital Personal Data Protection Act (DPDP Act, 2023) in Delhi on June, 7th. Notably, government officials did not mention any clear timeline for releasing the rules during the workshop. However, as per sources who spoke to MediaNama on the condition of anonymity, MeitY secretary S Krishnan did mention that the rules were broadly ready and would be up for consultation soon. 

    Just like the workshop organized in Delhi, DPDP Rules workshops are being planned in other states too.

    Concerns around the implementation timeline for the rules:

    While no specific timeline has been mentioned, sources informed us that speakers at the workshop argued it should be no less than six months. The speakers mentioned that the European Union’s privacy regulation—General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) — had a two-year compliance window and, similarly, India would require significant time to ensure compliance. 

    What has the government previously said about the implementation timeline?

    Speaking about the rules soon after the Act was passed last year, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had indicated that the implementation will take around six to ten months. Additionally, the former Minister of State for IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar mentioned last August that the government will follow a graded approach to compliance, with Big Tech companies to comply first, and extended transition timelines for start-ups and smaller companies.

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