BigTech, OTT platforms stare at uncertainty as Centre plans to push through Digital India Act this winter session

Economic Times, August 18, 2022

As digital awakening sets in, India gets ready for a course correction to challenge the new tech-backed world order. Yes with this, the recent respite for the BigTech companies, following the withdrawal of Data Protection and Privacy Bill 2019, may soon be over as the
Union government plans to push through the Digital India Act (DIA) in the Winter Session of the Parliament later this year.

The Digital India Act is likely to replace the two decades old IT Act 2000.

The 2019 privacy bill was designed to protect Indian citizens and establish a data protection authority. The bill raised concerns among tech giants, which feared new compliance burdens with high data storage requirements.

The Union government cited over 81 amendments recommended by the parliamentary panel behind the withdrawal of Data Bill 2019 early this month. The Union government highlighted the need for a new ‘comprehensive legal framework’ to take on the new age digital challenges.

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