India targets early 2023 approval for new privacy bill - minister

People look at data on their mobiles as background with crowd of people walking is projected in this illustration picture taken on May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

NEW DELHI, Aug 3 (Reuters) - India's new privacy law draft is "very close" to being released and the government is targeting a parliamentary approval by early 2023, the country's IT minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

India's government had earlier in the day withdrawn the data protection and privacy bill, which was first proposed in 2019 and had alarmed big technology companies such as Facebook and Google, announcing it was working on a new comprehensive law. read more

"We have started the drafting of the new bill, which is in good advanced stages," minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, saying the draft release was "very close".

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Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Editing by Alison Williams

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