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Agenda and Reading List for #NAMApolicy Delhi: The National E-commerce Policy #ad

We’re getting ready for our half-day #NAMApolicy discussion on the latest draft of India’s National E-Commerce Policy in Delhi on Friday, the 8th of March 2019. Details of the venue and discussion are included below, including an overview of the issues covered by the sessions. We have also put together a reading list, in case you need context for the discussion.


  • Date: 8th March 2019
  • Time: Sessions start at 1:30 PM (Lunch and check-in at 1230 PM).
  • Venue: The Lalit, New Delhi


12:30 PM – 01:30 PM: Check-In & Lunch

01:30 PM – 02:45 PM: Session #1, E-Commerce and Competition issues

  • Countering the ‘Network Effect’
  • Disclosure of Source Code
  • Disclosures to Trademark Owners and Takedown Responsibility of Platforms
  • Restriction of Control of Marketplace vendors over inventory
  • Import, Export controls

03:00PM – 04:00 PM: Session #2, The E-Commerce Policy and Data Protection

  • Data Sovereignty and the ‘National Interest’
  • Cross-Border Flow of Data
  • Data sharing – with domestic companies/Infant Industries; and with Indian authorities
  • Mandatory disclosures to consumer – data collection & purpose, seller details, undertaking on authenticity
  • Public IoT data to be shared with Indian entities and prohibited from transfer outside India
  • Industry transition to Data Storage within India
  • Restriction on sharing of data collected from Platforms, Social Media and Search Engines
  • Data Collection disclosure by e-Commerce Companies

04:00 PM – 04:30 PM: Open House, Other Issues

  • Requirement of local incorporation
  • Spam regulation – dedicated Legal framework
  • Grievance redressal

04:30 PM onwards: High Tea

The reading list

1. The Draft E-Commerce Policy, 2019, released by DIPP: PDFMediaNama has created a summary here.

2. India’s draft e-commerce policy: Build a wall, they will still come, MoneyControl: Read

3. Draft e-commerce policy: Good intentions, but no solutions, ET Tech: Read

4. Companies scramble to reply to draft e-commerce policy before deadline, ET Tech: Read

5. Why Entrepreneurs are wary of the new Draft E-Commerce Policy, Economic Times: Read

6. Global ecommerce talks strike at roots of WTO, says India, Economic Times: Read

7. E-commerce policy shouldn’t blow hot and cold about exclusive deals; online marketplace can’t be blamed for sellers’ misdeeds, Firstpost: Read

Discussions at #NAMApolicy on the earlier draft of the E-Commerce Policy:

1. On regulation of competition, data sharing, and taxation in e-commerce: Read

2. Defining e-commerce platforms, intermediary liability and consumer protection: Read

3. On Data Localisation and Data Ownership: Read

Our complete coverage on the discussions at the events, held in Bangalore and Delhi, can be accessed here.

Also see Medianama’s curated list readings on the issue from September last year: here


This discussion is supported by Amazon. 

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