The Federal Cabinet has approved the “Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023,” introducing strict penalties for personal data violations. Unauthorized sharing or misuse of personal data could lead to fines up to $2 million or equivalent in Pakistani rupees. The bill aims to regulate data collection, use, and sharing, prioritizing privacy.
To enforce the bill, the National Commission for Personal Data Protection (NCPDP) will be established within six months. The bill takes effect two years after introduction, setting responsible rules for government, organizations, and individuals.
Enhancing online safety and fairness, the bill safeguards transactions, information sharing, and particularly sensitive data for children. In the digital age, it builds trust, harnessing benefits while securing data.
Moreover, the legislation seeks harmony with global and regional data protection laws for collaborative data security.