Cabinet Grants Initial Approval to Personal Data Protection Bill

The Personal Data Protection Bill has received initial approval from the Federal Cabinet, a significant step towards safeguarding users’ personal data, information, and various types of data. The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) recommended the bill, which was approved during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

This bill aims to establish measures to ensure the security of users’ personal information and data, preventing its unauthorized disclosure to any company, individual, or government agency without their explicit consent. 

To oversee the implementation of this law, the government plans to create the National Commission for Personal Data Protection (NCPDP), which will be responsible for safeguarding consumers’ private information and addressing their grievances in a civil court.

Following the Federal Cabinet’s in-principle approval, the bill will be referred to the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Affairs (CCLC) in accordance with the rules. After this process, it will be presented again before the Cabinet. Once the Federal Cabinet gives its final approval, the bill will progress to the Parliament. Upon approval from both the National Assembly and the Senate, it will become law, taking effect immediately to protect users’ personal data and privacy.