Friday, February 3

Minister: (Personal Data Protection Bill enters into final stage)

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

On the direction of Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque, the points for maintaining privacy and promoting economic activities have been incorporated in the bill.

According to a press release, in this regard a high level meeting was held under Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Secretary IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and senior officers of the Ministry. Federal Minister for IT Syed Amin Ul Haque said it is our topmost priority to ensure protection of Pakistani citizens’ data.

Objective of this bill is to protect Pakistani consumers’ data and promote economic activities, he added. He said the Personal Data Protection Bill was prepared with the consultation of all the stakeholders and their proposals were included in it.

He said Data Protection bill was prepared while keeping in view all international rules and policies of social media companies. He said the bill encompasses fundamental rights including human rights and digital rights.

The Minister said that draft Personal Data Protection Bill will be dispatched to 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.