Personal Data Protection Bill

The Personal Data Protection Bill under the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication has entered into the final phase.

On the instructions received from the Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Syed Amin Ul Haque, the points of maintaining the privacy and economic continuity to be incorporated in the bill.

In this regard, a high-level meeting was hosted by the Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque here on Thursday. The meeting was graced by the Secretary IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and senior officers of the Ministry. Federal Minister for IT Syed Amin Ul Haque stated that it is their topmost priority to ensure the protection of Pakistani citizens’ data and promote economic activities.

He further stated that the Personal Data Protection Bill was prepared with the consideration and consultation of all the stakeholders and their proposals were included in it. Moreover, the minister also informed that the Data Protection bill had been created while keeping in view all international rules and policies of social media companies and platforms.

The minister at the meeting also spoke about the bill encompassing fundamental rights including human rights and digital rights. The Federal Minister for IT said that the draft Personal Data Protection Bill will be dispatched to the concerned department soon for giving it legal shape. After the approval of the bill, the data of Pakistani consumers will be safe according to international standards, he said.

The minister further said that he already had directed the telecom regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority of the country, regarding the WhatsApp new privacy policy. The minister took this step to take up the issue with the management of the messaging giant and “ensure that no Pakistani user was going to face any problem due to the new policy.”

Source: Pro Pakistani

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