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Government Again Postpones Passage of the Personal Data Protection Bill

It will take longer to approve the Personal Data Protection Bill, which has been on hold for five years.

The bill has once more been forwarded by the Ministry of Law and Justice to the Ministry of Technology and Communication for assessment.

ProPakistani was informed by sources that the Ministry of Law and Justice has requested additional explanation on a few aspects in the bill.

The Ministry of Law and Justice has confirmed that the bill has been returned, according to representatives of the Ministry of Technology and Telecom. The Personal Data Protection Bill will undergo more consultation, and following revisions, it will be submitted back to the Law and Justice Division. Further stakeholder consultation on the bill will be conducted if necessary, both locally and internationally.

It will take longer to approve the Personal Data Protection Bill, which has been on hold for five years.

The data protection law will be resent to the Law and Justice division for assessment after the review, according to MoITT officials. The Federal Cabinet will receive the Data Protection Bill following review by the Legal Division. Following Federal Cabinet approval, the Bill will be introduced in Parliament.

In November of last year, the Ministry of Law and Justice received a review draught of the Personal Data Protection Bill for evaluation.

The Personal Data Protection Bill 2021 had previously been authorised by the Federal Cabinet, which was led by the late Prime Minister Imran Khan, in February 2022, but it had not been introduced for discussion and approval in the National Assembly. The new administration requested that the law be further examined by the ministries of ICT and telecom.

Over the past five years, the Personal Data Protection Bill has been inactive. The Personal Data Protection Bill Consultation Draft 2021 was the name given to the revised version of the bill, which was first produced by the MoITT in 2018 and later introduced in 2020.

The Personal Data Protection Bill Consultation Draft 2022, which was created by the Ministry of IT and Communication, is currently known as the Personal Data Protection Bill Draft 2023’.

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