The central government last month withdrew the controversial Personal Data Protection Bill. The government had said that it was working on a new law. In this bill brought about three years ago, strict regulations were proposed for sending data abroad. Along with this, there was also a suggestion to give power to the government to demand data of users from companies. Sitharaman told the summit organized by the US-India Business Council, “We will soon bring a new data privacy bill. It will be prepared after consultation and it will address the apprehensions of the people regarding the privacy bill.”
The government withdrew the bill last month after a panel of Parliament suggested several amendments to the Personal Data Protection Bill. The government had earlier informed that the panel has suggested 81 amendments to the 99 Sections Bill. The bill raised concerns of big technology companies like Google and Facebook. These companies said that this would increase the compliance burden and data storage requirements on them.
In the last few years, there has been a spurt in the cases of crime through the Internet in the country. The number of such cases in the country has increased by about five percent in the last year. However, charge sheets have been filed in only one-third of these cases. Most of the cybercrime cases were related to fraud. Data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that 52,974 cases of cybercrime were reported last year. Of these, more than 70 per cent were from states like Assam, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. However, in only 33.8 per cent of these cases, charge sheets have been filed. Fraud accounted for 60.8 percent of the total cybercrime cases last year. Recovery and sexual assault cases were 5.4 per cent and about 8.6 per cent, respectively. Telangana had the highest number of such cases with 10,303. After this, 8,829 cases of cybercrime were registered in Uttar Pradesh, 8,136 in Karnataka and 5,662 in Maharashtra.
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