Tough privacy law to be drafted soon

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:31 AM IST
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The Right to Privacy Bill proposes to set up a Data Protection Authority of India to monitor and enforce compliance of all provisions

New Delhi Government is drafting a new law that provides for stringent punishment, including revocation of licences of telecom service providers, for illegally intercepting telephone calls and making their content public.

The Right to Privacy Bill, which is likely to be tabled in the next session of Parliament, also proposes to set up a Data Protection Authority of India ( DPAI) to monitor and enforce compliance of all provisions and receive and investigate complaints about alleged violations of data protection rules, reports PTI. The Bill does not intend sparing government officers and has provisions for tough punishment for the head of any department, which indulges in circulating the intercepted data in public.

While illegal snooping or interception can land a person in jail for a period of five years and a fine up to Rs one lakh, people involved in circulation of an intercepted communication or any other personal information shall be punished with a prison term of three years and with a fine up to Rs 50,000. Any person who knowingly and wilfully request or obtains any record concerning an individual from any person or officer of the Government or any agency ther

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