Rich countries propose free flow of data, oppose server localisation

The US, Japan and Singapore have opposed India's call for data regulation and servers being located in the country.

The US, Japan and Singapore have opposed India's call for data regulation and servers being located in the country.
 
They say government intervention will encroach upon data privacy. Experts say India will need to safeguard its interests given these challenges.
 
The Government of India is working to develop a policy for e-commerce business in the country. 
 
As per an ET report, experts say these countries could expect easier norms in India’s national policy on ecommerce to suit their interests, especially in areas of server localisation and data sharing. 
 
These three countries are part of a 71-member bloc that’s been advocating for global rules for e-commerce business.
 
They have submitted proposals to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). 
 
As India is not a member of this bloc, a person aware of the development told ET, “These papers could pressure India and others who are not part of the e-commerce coalition to join them by making them feel otherwise left out.”
 
“We are making an e-commerce policy and demands by the US and Japan can adversely affect us. We need to see how India can safeguard its interests.” 
 
The submissions by US and Japan talk of free and open internet that encourages free flow of information and propose prohibition on data localisation and web blocking. 
 
Japan, on the other hand, said in its proposal that government policies might put hindrance on the free flow of data, thereby, affecting the sound development of digital businesses.
 
Source: ET

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