1 min read.Updated: 08 May 2019, 05:08 PM ISTLivemint
We must ensure that this “national asset” (data) belongs to the people of India — to the very individuals whose information it is
Analysts of India’s foreign relations are realists. They are well aware that the country’s “global strategic partnership" with the United States has multiple dimensions and that business has assumed centre stage ever since Donald Trump entered the White House. That the relationship isn’t as smooth as New Delhi would like was made amply clear by US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s visit to India. Among the issues on which he expressed dissatisfaction with Indian policy was the country’s new data localisation norms (part of the draft e-commerce policy), under which foreign companies are required to store all their information of Indian customers on Indian soil. According to Ross, this would amount to a discriminatory and trade-distortive practice. India, however, is unlikely to budge on it.
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