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New law on data protection on the anvil

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Dec 29 - A new law on data protection is in the process of being framed, the government today informed the Rajya Sabha.

Asserting that it is alive to the issue of cyber security, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there was no proposal to make internet availability a fundamental right, but made it clear that the government is committed to providing easy access of the internet to all.

Responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour, he said a committee headed by a former Supreme Court judge Justice BN Srikrishna has been set up in this regard. A paper has been circulated and field hearings are going on, before the law is brought.

�India is emerging as a big centre of data analysis. The government has set up a committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Srikrishna.

�We are in the process of framing a data protection law. The paper has been circulated and field hearing is going on and very soon we will come up with a data protection law,� he said while responding to concerns by a member on data protection.

�We are alive to cyber security and our Prime Minister has said publicly that cyber war is a bloodless law,� he said. � PTI

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