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India proposes new e-commerce rules, want data whenever it asks for it

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Staff Writer | February 25, 2019
India outlined a new draft policy for its burgeoning e-commerce sector on Saturday, focusing on data localization, improved privacy safeguards and measures to combat the sale of counterfeit products.
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Asia   The new rules call for the housing of more data centers and server farms locally
“In the future, economic activity is likely to follow data,” the widely expected draft policy document said. “It is hence vital that we retain control of data to ensure job creation within India.”

The new rules call for the housing of more data centers and server farms locally, amid a broader push for data localization by the South Asian nation, which is one of the world’s fastest-growing online markets.

The proposed rules seek the creation of a “legal and technological framework” that can help impose restrictions on the cross-border flow of data generated by users, moves that may affect not just e-commerce platforms but also social media firms such as Google and Facebook.

India plans to mandate all e-commerce firms to provide access to their data stored abroad whenever official requests are made. The rules, which come as New Delhi works on a broader data privacy law, also forbid companies from sharing data stored abroad with other businesses even with user consent.


 

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