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Data Protection Bill cleared by Lok Sabha; Earlier the bill sparked tensions

Despite the opposition's privacy concerns, the Lok Sabha today approved a new digital rights bill that attempts to inflict severe penalties for data breaches.

In the midst of protests from opposition members on the Manipur problem, the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill was approved by voice vote. By voice vote, the Opposition's proposed modifications were rejected in part.

Last Thursday, the draught legislation was introduced in the Lower House amid calls for its review by a parliamentary body.

When moving the bill for consideration, Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the opposition members were shouting chants because they were unconcerned with matters pertaining to the welfare of the public.

To stop online platforms from abusing people's data, the law includes a clause that allows for fines of up to 250 crore.

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