New Delhi: On the issue of data security, today Google (Google) and Paytm officials will appear before the Joint Committee of Parliament and present their views. The committee headed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi is inspecting the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019.

Notice also to Jio, Airtel, Ola, Uber

Apart from this, officials of telecom company Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel have also been sent a notice and asked to appear before the Joint Committee of Parliament. Also, notices have also been sent to the officials of Ola, Uber and Truecaller, who provide online car booking service. 

According to the notice sent by the parliamentary committee, officials of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Jio Platforms have been asked to be present at two different times on November 4 to present their case before the committee. The officials of Ola and Uber will present their presence before the committee on the next day i.e. on November 5 and then representatives of Airtel and Trocolor will appear before the committee on November 6. 

Facebook, Twitter have been produced

Officials of social media company Facebook and Twitter, e-commerce company Amazon have already presented their views before the committee. 

What is Personal Data Protection Bill?

The Personal Data Protection Bill was introduced by the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lok Sabha on December 11, 2019. In this bill, it has been said that the security of personal information of the people and to create a data protection authority. The bill was later sent to the Joint Select Committee of both houses of Parliament. Under this proposed law, no institution can store or use their personal data without the consent of any person.

According to the bill, social media companies will have to set up a server in India, that is, data storage will have to be done in India instead of abroad, not only social media companies but many companies offering online services will also be brought under this bill. 

Why worry about data security?

In fact, due to the increasing use of internet, there have been many cases of data theft and theft of personal information of people. Data theft has increased rapidly in the last few years. It has also come to light that personal information of people was sold through some social media platforms. Like, mobile numbers of people were sold to tele marketing companies. There are also allegations on social media platforms that they often convey this information to certain people by analyzing the likes and dislikes of the consumer. 

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