Binding data rules may hit India's global dreams


India may miss the opportunity to become a global hub for data analysis if the proposal to weaken the legal safeguards provided to technology intermediaries, including cloud companies, is announced, said Microsoft CEO Anad Mashewuri.

Many in the technology industry have expressed concerns about the amendments proposed by India to the Information Technology Interim Guidelines, which cover law enforcement cooperation on data, reject requests and trace messages . Although the rules are targeted at social media platforms, the government has included all technological intermediaries, including cloud companies, within their scope. If proposals such as the implementation of orders issued by state or central governments without judicial review are implemented, they have warned that they will hurt the county's efforts to attract investment in emerging areas such as data analysis.

EU Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Sarkar Prasad said on Wednesday that India should become a data analysis node. "The minister said he expects India to be the node of data analysis in the world and we (India) would like everyone to send their data to India and work with all the data in India," said Maheshwari in a round an ET bank on the sidelines of the Nasscom Technology and Leadership Forum. "Now if you have such a discussion where (any worry exists) any civil servant can do anything with this data, you are wondering why you will send the data to India."

In their response to government proposals, Nasscom and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have stated that intermediate rules should apply only to social media companies and not to technology intermediaries such as cloud platforms and IT and business management. AWS said that such intermediaries, according to current proposals, would have to bear the cost of compliance with the provisions that are not applicable to them.

Wipro's head of strategy and Nasscom chairman Rishad Premji said that technology policy should not be flanked by a series of businesses (causing damage) as it could end up stifling innovation to the rest. "The two – trust and security – are very different components, and the debate that I think deserves is whether self-regulation or very strong, strict regulation is needed." We must be very careful about this and not do anything in a hurry, "he said. the Premi. Infosys called for talks between stakeholders on an effective law. "We must probably discuss with the regulators … and rather make it practical, so there is a need for dialogue between regulators, industry, government, the whole community," said Chief Operating Officer Pravin Rao. Talks on technology policy are complicated, but we must remember that globalization depends on the cross-border flow of information, he added.

Technological products and services companies make a significant contribution to the country's export earnings, and for some extraordinary events on social media platforms, the largest industry should not be "threatened," said Maheshwari.