A few weeks back the Israeli software 'Pegasus' was used to snoop on some Whatsapp accounts. Soon it became a matter of importance and resulted in a discussion in the Rajya Sabha where Congress leader Digvijay Singh, IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were present and it was concluded that clarity is required on the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP).
Another discussion took place which was organized by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India). It discussed the draft PDP 2018 which made it easy for running a business in India.
The aim was to create an understanding between the industrial representatives, media personnel and the civil society on different key points of the draft PDP that might be the area of concern for the industry. The professionals asked for clarification on several things in the draft bill.
“The bill categorises data as Personal data, Sensitive Personal data and Critical Personal data, but the industry lacks clarity on to which data qualifies under which head and hence is not equipped to take necessary precautions,”
“The problem gets aggravated when data collection and processing are done by different agencies, in which case, each fiduciary will have to take consent at every step of the operation,”
"The discussion was an attempt to help create a holistic well-informed public discourse on the Bill, which will eventually strengthen the collective effort to the draft a well devised Data Governance regime in India."
Congress leader Digvijay Singh raised some questions and concerns in the Parliament after the IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad did not provide the other members of the discussion with any direct reply.
Digvijay Singh also demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) be set up to probe the WhatsApp breach.