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The Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Act addresses the protection and regulation of personal data in the digital age. While it aims to safeguard individuals' privacy and data, certain provisions of the bill have also raised questions regarding its potential impact on the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
A provision in the DPDP Act might affect the Right to Information Act by removing the existing legal basis that allows public bodies to disclose information which has been deemed personal in nature. The indirect amendments proposed to the RTI Act through the DPDP Act, could severely restrict the scope of the RTI Act and adversely impact the ability of people to access information.
Join us as Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner and Venkatesh Nayak, RTI Activist and Director of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) India, have an open discussion on the implications for the RTI Act.
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Shailesh Gandhi is a former Central Information Commissioner and the first RTI activist to become an Information Commissioner. He served at the commission for 3 years and 9 months during which he disposed of 20,000 cases and also completely digitised his office. He is also available as an expert on Moneylife Foundation's RTI Advice app.
Venkatesh Nayak's dedication to the cause of transparency and access to information is evident through his extensive work. He played a crucial role in advocating for the Right to Information Act, 2005, actively engaging with Members of Parliament. As the Co-Convenor of the National Campaign for People's Right to Information since 2011, he continues to champion this cause. His impact goes beyond advocacy; he has designed and conducted numerous training programs on the RTI Act for government officers across various states in India. His training has reached over 7,750 officers, fostering a culture of openness and accountability.
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