The government has chosen the middle path while writing the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022, by not going to the extremes of complete government control or a free hand to Big Tech companies, says Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union communications and electronics & information technology minister, in an interview with Surajeet Das Gupta & Sourabh Lele. He discusses a range of provisions in the Bill, including a list of trusted countries and penalties for violations. Edited excerpts:
What was the reason for changing the strong stance on data localisation?
Frankly, there is not much of a change. Even the previous draft, if you read the fine print, allowed a flexible approach. What we have attempted here is to bring that