Cross-border data flow will help Indian digital economy: Google CEO Sundar Pichai Writes to Centre

NEW DELHI: Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has written to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Batting for free flow of data across borders.

The Google CEO also said the company remains firmly committed to being part of the Indian growth story. He further said the company’s team in India will be in touch with his office to follow up on some of the specific topics that were discussed during their meeting.

Pichai’s suggestion comes within days of Prasad’s visit to San Francisco last month, where he met heads of tech companies, including Pichai.

The Google CEO also thanked Ravi Shankar Prasad for his visit last month to Google’s Mountain View campus in the US. On cross-border flow of data, tech companies including Google are of the view that storing data within the country could have an adverse socio-economic impact on innovation, information and technology access and trade.

In July, a high-level panel headed by Justice B N Srikrishna had submitted its recommendations and the draft bill on data protection to Prasad.It had suggested steps for safeguarding personal information, defining obligations of data processors as also rights of individuals, and mooting penalties for violation.

Earlier this week, the government reiterated its firm stand on data privacy and against online platforms abusing data to impact free choice in India. The government has sought public feedback on the contours of the draft Bill by September 30.

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