Impact of DPDP Bill on RTI Act

Impact of DPDP Bill on RTI Act

News: This article can be read in continuation of DPDP Bill, 2023 which was covered recently. Please follow the link here

How does the bill impact RTI act?
• The new data protection law changes a provision in the RTI Act to exempt “personal information” from being disclosed. This affects information sought under the RTI law.
• Activists and experts are concerned that the change will reduce transparency and hinder the ability to access information.
• The new law introduces a blanket ban on personal information, making it difficult to access information even if it relates to public activities or larger public interest.
• Public officials are expected to deny more RTI requests using the personal information exemption, affecting the availability of crucial information.
• While the change doesn’t affect the provision allowing access if public interest outweighs the harm, it shifts the burden to individuals seeking information to prove its public interest.

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