As a debate rages on privacy and data protection, a citizen-led initiative termed Save Our Privacy has submitted a draft bill to the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee. The committee has been tasked by the government with studying issues around data security and individual privacy, is yet to submit its report. Lawyers and activists linked to the initiative termed their draft a model bill that takes a comprehensive view of not just data security and processing but also surveillance and communication interception.
The draft bill, submitted on June 8, envisages a penalty provision of up to Rs 10 million for those found violating the code and a jail term extending up to three years or a combination of both. This penalty