The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 is a creature of its environment. The substance of this draft law and the urgency with which it has been drafted are both more fully understood within this context. Less than a year after the government appointed the Justice B N Srikrishna Committee to draft the law, the bill has already been made public for comments, and its journey to Parliament seems imminent. Previous attempts have lacked this momentum, and even their outcomes seem to be fading from official memory (in 2012, the Justice A P Shah Committee suggested nine principles to codify the right to privacy).
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