The Digital India Bill is the proposed successor to the Information Technology Act, of 2000, under which entities on the internet in India are currently regulated.
The Main Objective Of The Digital India Bill?
The Digital India Bill aims to ensure that the internet in India is open, free from user harm and criminality and that there is an institutional mechanism of accountability. The legislation will cover emerging technologies, algorithms of social media platforms, artificial intelligence, and user risks, as well as the diversity of the internet and the regulation of intermediaries.
The objective of the bill is to create a regulator for the Internet in India.
The main challenge in data protection or regulation is the right of the people to protect their information and the need to use individual data for legal purposes. The Digital India Bill aims to address this challenge.
A threshold will be crafted to what extent the personal data of an individual shall be accessed for legal purposes.
Most features of the bill are compared with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union.
The Necessity For The Bill-
Currently, India has more than 760 million internet users and this is to estimate at 1.2 billion in coming years. Although internet in India is good and aids in connectivity, there are several user threats around it. Therefore, laws that will provide new frames on the rights and duties of the citizens and also speaks about the obligation to collect data are a necessity. The act will replace the IT Act, of 2000.