The government informed the Supreme Court that it will introduce the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill in the second half of the parliament’s budget session starting March 13, 2023, and will cover most of the issues including WhatsApp’s privacy policies that are under challenge for alleged infringement of citizens’ fundamental rights.
However, Shyam Divan, senior advocate at the Supreme Court, opposed the government’s request saying that it had informed the court in 2017 as well that the last data protection bill may translate into a law. However, it was withdrawn. He added that the introduction of a bill itself should not defer the taking up of this case.
The constitution bench led by Justice KM Joseph said that it will decide on February 1, 2023, whether it should hear the matter now or after the bill is introduced.