Google supports free flow data across borders

At Mountain View, California (August 2018)

As India is gearing up to bring about data localisation in its data protection framework, US Tech giant, Google has advocated free flow of cross border data.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a letter to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,

“Free flow of data across borders — with a focus on user privacy and security — will encourage startups to innovate and expand globally and encourage global companies to contribute to India’s digital economy,”
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In a letter thanking Prasad for his visit to the Google’s Mountain View campus last month, the Indian-born boss, Pichai said the company shares the vision of creating a truly ‘Digital IndiaNSE 0.00 %’ and Google remains firmly committed to being part of the India growth story.

“The Google team in India will be touch with your office to follow up on some of the specific topics we discussed during our meeting,” as reported by the Economic Times.

The recent report and the draft Bill on data protection submitted by the Srikrishna committee last month suggested that every data fiduciary in India shall ensure the storage of at least one serving copy of personal data on a server or data centre located in India. It also stated that the government can notify some categories of personal data as critical personal data that have to be stored in a server or data centre located only in India.

As quoted by ET bureau, Prasad also said recently that he has conveyed to companies like Amazon to check unbridled cross-border migration of data without consent of users.

However, this particular recommendation has met with criticism from various quarters especially American technology company groupings.

Meanwhile, the government has extended the deadline until 30th September for public feedback on the draft personal data protection Bill. Earlier it had set 10th September as the deadline for public comments. ET had reported earlier that the government was planning to present the Bill in the Parliament by December this year.

Recently, industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) had expressed their concern around the bill, saying certain clauses around data localisation and information processing are “restrictive” and will hurt Indian startups. It had also warned that other countries, where Indian startups are expanding too, may retaliate by demanding reciprocal data localisation, reported PTI.
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Besides, data localisation also forces Indian startups to look for more expensive and inefficient local solutions, IAMAI had said.



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