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Ravi Shankar Prasad says PM Modi will not compromise on India's data sovereignty

The government is in the process of finalising its data protection bill that includes divisive issues such as mandatory storage of Indian critical and sensitive data within the country.

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Aug 23, 2019, 07.51 PM IST
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IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said the data protection bill was a work in progress and the government is seeking some additional clarifications.
BENGALURU: IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will never compromise on India's data sovereignty.

The government is in the process of finalising its data protection bill that includes divisive issues such as mandatory storage of Indian critical and sensitive data within the country.

Prasad's remarks were made at ET Startup Awards, 2019 in Bengaluru. His statement comes at a time when American technology giants, including Facebook, Google and Amazon, are lobbying aggressively against the proposed data localisation. However, Indian technology firms Reliance Jio and PayTM have supported the move.

"Let me make it very clear. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will never compromise on the data sovereignty of India," Prasad said at the event on Friday.

He also said the data protection bill was a work in progress and the government is seeking some additional clarifications.

"We are seeking clarification with some prominent people in the field. India must become an important centre of data analytics. We need to balance between data availability, data privacy and data anonymity," he said.

He added that India needs to draw a distinction between personal and impersonal data. Impersonal data, according to Prasad, can be used for good.

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