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Essence: Data Protection Authority (DPA), proposed under the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 ,in the current form has monopoly of the central government as the Selection Committee which recommends appointments to DPA lack representation from judiciary and opposition. The bill delegates powers to DPA so that the regulations are in pace with technological innovation but the power of the central government to issue binding directions might erode its independence. The Bill in the current form entrusts DPA with routine functions which might be overburdened. The reconstituted Joint Parliamentary Committee must look at these issues and lay the foundation of a robust DPA that is competent and independent and predictable in its rulemaking.
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