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India’s data should be stringently domiciled: Vijay Shekhar Sharma

A need for a robust privacy law has been strongly felt in India which can accord top priority to the rights of individuals.

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Updated: Apr 26, 2019, 11.02 AM IST
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“The sovereignty just doesn’t belong to the physical borders. It also belongs as much to the data,” asserted Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
NEW DELHI: The common man’s data is as much of a secret as is any other confidential data since it is what allows other countries to take a call on a range of aspects, be it trade, friendship, attacks or anything else that will be most impactful.

This, among other aspects, was highlighted by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder, Paytm who was speaking on the sidelines of India Internet Day 2019 organised by TiE Delhi - NCR in the capital on Thursday.

Sharma added that he is of the opinion that India’s data should be stringently domiciled. “Anyone who wants to take the data should take it on a sample basis. Why not instead bring the software to this part of the world when there are enough development centres here. So think about bringing the code here and running it.”

In the longer term as a country, he said, one should be as concerned about borders in the digital world just as one would think about it in the physical world, else one would have no knowledge of what is being used about us anywhere in the world.

“The sovereignty just doesn’t belong to the physical borders. It also belongs as much to the data,” asserted Sharma.

A need for a robust privacy law has been strongly felt in India which can accord top priority to the rights of individuals.

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