New Delhi, Jan. 18 -- The joint parliamentary panel that the Personal Data Protection Bill was referred to last month is going to seek public opinion on the proposed law that seeks to regulate how individuals and organisations handle digital data of Indian citizens.

It has also sought a definition of privacy from the Centre.

BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi, who heads the panel that met for the first time on Thursday, said advertisements seeking comments on the bill will be issued next week. "We are authoring an advertisement, with a dedicated email, so that people can write to us and let us know if there are any infirmities the bill suffers from."

Another panel member said the window for public comments will be three weeks, after which the...