9 Feb 2021 4:56 AM GMT
It is no doubt that with the rapid growth of technology and internet-based communication globally, it is vital to keep safeguarded the personal information and data of individuals and to have robust laws in place to regulate the collection and use of such personal information and data by entities. It was with this view that the European Union's (EU) General Data...
The PDB Bill recognizes that the right to privacy is a fundamental right. The PDB Bill inter alia provides data principals or users the following rights:
The PDB Bill also provides for the establishment of an authority who shall be responsible for taking steps to protect the interests of individuals, preventing misuse of personal data and ensuring compliance with the provisions of the PDB Bill. Further, the authority shall appoint adjudicating officers for the purpose of adjudging penalties or awarding compensation. The PDB Bill imposes heavy penalties for violations of provisions under the PDB Bill, including a penalty of up to fifteen crore rupees or four percent of the data fiduciaries total worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher, on data fiduciaries for contravention of provisions relating to processing of personal data.
Ashima Obhan is a Partner and Bambi Bhalla is an Associate at Obhan and Associates. Views are personal.
 W.P.(C) 677/2021
 AIR2017 SC 4161