The court was furious that the legislation on personal data protection had not been completed. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar remarked that when he had to legislate for himself, he did it immediately. The federal and provincial governments legislate for their own benefit but the public is not being considered. The issue of personal data protection is very important and serious.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar inquired why no legislation had been passed so far on an issue of importance to the entire country. There are laws in other countries. What is the problem in Pakistan? The court quickly directed legislation from Personal Data Protection.
The court sought a progress report from the federal government by April 20. The Assistant Attorney General told the court that no response was received from the Ministry of Information Technology. The Data Protection Bill has been sent to the Ministry of Law and Justice for consultation.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar while giving remarks said that if legislation is to be enacted regarding data protection then what is being delayed? It is in the interest of the country to make laws soon.
It is also learned that, in this petition, Tariq Mansoor Advocate stated that, on April 10, sensitive data of 115 million Pakistanis was uploaded on the Dark Web for sale. Citizens’ sensitive data is being sold for Rs.35 crore. The data included mobile user ID card numbers, full address phone numbers and more.
In addition data can be sold to citizens. Deputy Chairman NADRA was sacked on charges of data theft. This has also come to the fore in the Senate Standing Committee. Top officials are trying to suppress this.
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