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US Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross highlights data localisation, high tariffs on electronics, telecom products in India as trade issues

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US Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday highlighted data localisation restrictions in India as a barrier to US companies operating in India, saying that it is a goal for the US to eliminate such barriers, which weaken data security and increase the cost of doing business (for US companies). Secretary Ross was speaking at Trade Winds Conference in New Delhi. Data localisation and the restrictions on cross-border data flows have been a key concern for US companies operating in India, especially payments companies like Visa and Mastercard; Mastercard, in fact, also said recently that around $350 million of its $1 billion investment in India is going to be spent on compliance with the Reserve Bank of India's localisation mandate. WhatsApp's rollout of payments in India is held up because of the directive from the RBI. India's recent draft e-commerce policy…

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