Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023

Digital Personal Data Protection Act Overview

An overview of the key components of the Digital Personal Data Protection Act and its implications.

Chapter 1: Preliminary

Introduction to the act, its naming, definitions of terms, and statement of purpose.

Scope and Purpose

Overall objectives and applicability of the act's provisions.

Chapter 2: Applicability

Details the geographical and processing scope, including exceptions.

Territorial Applicability

Defines where the act applies and its extraterritorial reach.

Applicability to Processing

Conditions under which data processing is regulated by the act.

Exemptions and Conditions

Specific scenarios where certain provisions may be exempt.

Chapter 3: Data Fiduciary and Data Principal

Roles and obligations of entities and rights of individuals related to data.

Explanation of Terms

Clarifies roles of "data fiduciary" and "data principal."

Responsibilities of Data Fiduciaries

Duties data-handling entities must fulfill as per the act.

Rights of Data Principals

Rights afforded to individuals regarding their personal data.

Chapter 4: Grounds for Processing Personal Data

The legal framework for when and how personal data can be processed.

Conditions and Limitations

Establishes criteria for lawful data processing.

Special Categories of Personal Data

Special protections for sensitive data types.

Research Purposes

Data processing provisions specific to research undertakings.

Chapter 5: Data Protection Board of India

The establishment and function of the regulatory body under the act.

Establishment and Structure

Formation and composition of the Data Protection Board.

Appointment and Qualifications

Criteria for selecting board members and their eligibility.

Disqualification Criteria

Rules that disqualify individuals from board membership.

Chapter 6: Powers, Functions, and Procedure of the Board

Authority and responsibilities of the Data Protection Board.

Board's Powers and Functions

Board's regulatory and enforcement capabilities.

Procedures to be Followed

Official protocols for board operations.

Appointment of Officers and Employees

Protocol for hiring board support staff.

Chapter 7: Appeal and Alternate Dispute Resolution

Channels for addressing decisions and disputes regarding the act.

Right to Appeal

Entity rights to challenge board decisions.

Appellate Tribunal Establishment

Creation and role of the Appellate Tribunal.

Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

Non-litigious routes for resolving disputes.

Chapter 8: Penalties and Adjudication

Enforcement actions against act violations and the adjudicative process.

Monetary Penalties for Breaches

Financial consequences for non-compliance.

Factors Considered in Determining Penalties

Determinants for the imposition of penalties.

Utilization of Penalty Sums

Guidelines for the use of collected penalty funds.

Chapter 9: Miscellaneous

Other relevant provisions and overarching requirements of the act.

Legal Protection for Actions in Good Faith

Safeguards for actions taken under good faith within the act.

Central Government's Power to Seek Information

Government authorization to access information for oversight.

Directions to Block Access to Information

Governmental power to limit public access to information.

Consistency with Other Laws

Alignment between the act and other prevailing laws.

Bar of Jurisdiction

Restriction on civil court interventions in board-decided matters.

Rulemaking Provisions

Regulatory flexibility granted to the Central Government.

Power to Amend Penalties

Authority to modify the penalty structure.

Addressing Difficulties in Implementation

Mechanism for resolving implementation issues.

Amendments to Other Acts

Changes to existing laws resulting from the act's enactment.

Digital Personal Data Protection Act 2023.pdf

The Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023

India's legislative act to regulate the processing of digital personal information.

Chapter I: Preliminary

Defines the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023, including its title, commencement details, and scope.

Short Title and Commencement

Implementation date and official nomenclature of the act.


Clarifications on various terminologies used within the act.

Chapter II: Obligations of Data Fiduciary

Covers the responsibilities and duties imposed on entities managing personal data.

Consent Management

Requirement for clear and informed consent from individuals to process their data.

Legitimate Use Provision

Guidelines for the legal processing of personal data without explicit consent.

Grievance Redressal Mechanism

Mechanisms for addressing concerns and complaints from data subjects.

Chapter III: Rights and Duties of Data Principal

Enumerates the rights of individuals concerning their personal data and their corresponding duties.

Consent Withdrawal

Rights of individuals to revoke their consent for data processing.

Correction and Erasure Rights

Entitlements allowing individuals to amend or delete their personal data.


Ability for individuals to appoint representatives to act on their behalf in data matters.

Chapter IV: Special Provisions

Sections that lay out exceptions and special circumstances under this act.

Processing outside India

Regulations on the cross-border transfer and handling of personal data.


Circumstances where certain chapters do not apply, such as legal, security, and state issues.

Chapter V: Data Protection Board of India

Establishment of a governing body responsible for overseeing and enforcing the act.

Board Composition

Detailing the structure and member composition of the board.

Powers and Functions

Authority and responsibilities granted to the Board.

Proceedings of Board

Operational protocol for the Board's meetings and decisions.

Chapter VI: Powers, Functions; Procedure of Board

Details on the legal authority of the Board and its operational procedures.

Inquiry and Direction

Authority to investigate and give orders following inquiries.

Techno-Legal Measures

Adoption of digital procedures and legal instruments for Board operations.

Chapter VII: Appeal and ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution)

Provides for appeals against Board's orders and encourages mediation for dispute resolution.

Appellate Tribunal

Right to appeal Board decisions to a higher judicial body.

ADR Mechanisms

Introduction of mediation as a voluntary option for resolving disputes.

Chapter VIII: Penalties and Adjudication

Enumeration of sanctions and legal proceedings in cases of act violations.

Monetary Penalties

Explicit financial penalties associated with specific breaches of the act.

Penalty Allocation

Allocation of collected penalty funds to government coffers.

Chapter IX: Miscellaneous

Additional provisions and clarifications not covered in previous chapters.

Protection in Good Faith

Safeguards for officials acting under the provisions of the act.

Power to Make Rules

Authorizes the central government to create detailed rules under the act.

Amendments to Other Acts

Updates to existing laws to integrate changes brought about by this act.

Schedule: Penalties

Itemizes breaches and corresponding penalties under the act.

Various Offenses

Details monetary consequences for infractions ranging from security breaches to non-compliance with additional obligations.

Key Points as List

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Digital Personal Data Protection Act



Appointment and Authority


Data Fiduciary Obligations


Rights of Data Principals


Processing Children's Data


Penalties for Violation


Exemptions and Special Provisions


Adjudication and Dispute Resolution


Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023

An overview of the legislation designed to protect personal data in the digital space.


Establishes a legal framework for data protection, balancing privacy rights and lawful data processing.


Collecting digital data such as phone numbers must be for legitimate reasons.

Appointment and Authority

Creates the Data Protection Board of India to enforce and oversee the Act.


Consumers can complain to the Board about data misuse for redressal.

Data Fiduciary Obligations

Fiduciaries must secure data and notify individuals of breaches.


Hospitals must protect patient data and alert them if breached.

Rights of Data Principals

Defines rights of individuals regarding their personal data.


Individuals can correct or erase their data on e-commerce platforms.

Processing Children's Data

Emphasizes protection and consent for processing children's data.


Gaming apps need guardian consent to collect data from minors.

Penalties for Violation

Specifies penalties for the Act's breaches with heavy fines of up to 250 crore rupees


Financial institutions can face significant fines for data breaches.

Exemptions and Special Provisions

Outlines exemptions for specific data processing activities


Firms processing non-resident data abroad may be exempt from provisions.

Adjudication and Dispute Resolution

Establishes a tribunal for appeals against the Data Protection Board's decisions.


Unsatisfied data principals can appeal to the Appellate Tribunal.