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The government will be able to access personal data of citizens only under exceptional circumstances under the proposed data protection law, Union Minister of State Rajeev Chandrashekhar said on Saturday, PTI reported.

The minister of state for electronics and information technology said that the government can get such data only in situations such as those pertaining to national security concerns, pandemics and natural disasters. He added that the government will not be able to violate citizens’ privacy under the Data Protection Bill.

On November 18, the Union government released a draft of the proposed law – Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022, – on its website. It has sought feedback from citizens on the draft till December 17.

The Bill puts in place regulations for all entities that deal with the personal data of citizens. It envisages the setting up of the Data Protection Board of India, which will be entrusted with ensuring compliance with the regulations and imposing penalties on violators.

While speaking about the draft Bill on Saturday, Chandrashekhar said that the right to data protection is subject to reasonable restrictions, as is the case with freedom of speech, PTI reported.

“Let us say that the government wants to essentially violate the privacy of citizens with…

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