(Last Updated On: August 10, 2020)

Facebook has been asked by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 to release its deposition on the data protection bill, today. This will be the second time, Facebook will be facing regulators, with the first time being a month ago. 

It is predicted for Facebook to be asked questions regarding their policies on subjects such as data collection, data storage and data security policies for the app users in India. 

In December, the Parliament had brought out the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, and transcribes the rules that companies and services should follow regarding personal data that gets processed or collected, and also shows consumer rights when it comes to personal details being gathered by companies if they are online or offline.  

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 also contains the requirement of the creation of a data protection authority (DPA) to observe incidents that connect to data theft, privacy breaches along with a preset number of fines and penalties for entities that display these norms. 

According to the bill, it is mandatory for entities to let users’ know if their data is being collected, what data is being gathered, how long it gets stored for and when and how it will be deleted from the company’s temporary records.

“Introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill in Lok Sabha today. This is historic legislation which seeks to protect personal data and privacy of Indian citizens in the digital age,” the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad,  said at the time, in a tweet.

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