Mozilla’s initial reaction on the Srikrishna Commission’s draft for India’s first Data Protection Bill, 2018.
New Delhi, July 27, 2018: Mozilla has been one of the most outspoken companies on the need for a data protection laws in India over the last few years. We got involved in this fight at the request of the Mozilla community in India, which has been critical in helping us to campaign to ensure the law is strong. Over the last two years, Mozilla has repeatedly urged the Government of India to make implementing a data protection law a national priority in (see here, here, and here.)
Here is an initial reaction from Amba Kak, our Policy Advisor in India, while we continue to analyze the bill.
“This bill provides a strong foundation of protection for Indians’ privacy, but it is not without loopholes – in particular, the requirement to store a copy of all personal data within India, creating broad permissions for government use of data, and the independence of the regulator’s adjudicatory authority. We welcome the Government’s commitment to a public consultation process, which we hope will rectify the cracks in this foundation.”
Our policy team is available to discuss more on the journey to today’s historic publication, and we will be sharing a more detailed reaction on the bill tomorrow, on our official blog.