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Mike Pompeo’s India visit: ‘Can we come to an agreement that allows data to flow freely among countries so we don’t balkanize the Internet?’

“Can we come to an agreement that allows data to flow freely among countries so we don’t balkanize the Internet, make our companies less competitive, and impede economic growth?” asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his visit to Delhi earlier this week. “I am certain there is a way,” he said, answering his own question. Pompeo doesn’t seem to have made a direct reference to India’s push on data localisation, and reports don’t point to any separate discussion between Pompeo and New Delhi on local data storage. Pompeo also seemed to sidestep concerns on localisation, declaring that instead of focusing on “the differences” and “things that cause challenges” such as data localisation, which “are the small piece of the relationship between our two countries”, India and US should focus on potential opportunity. Pompeo’s visit to Delhi, and the upcoming…

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