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‘Data localisation has legal and economic benefits’: IT for Change responds to MEITY’s questions on the Data Protection Bill

“Personal data can properly be subject to Indian legal reach and protections only when it is in India,” said IT for Change, an NGO, in its response to the additional comments sought by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) on the Personal Data Protection Bill. The ministry had privately sought responses to fresh questions on the data protection bill from select stakeholders - a development we made public last month. Some stakeholders have responded to the consultation despite not being contacted by MEITY for responses. S. Gopalakrishnan, Joint Secretary MEITY had said then that that there would be no public consultations, and the ministry has only sought clarifications from some people. Note that the questions asked by MEITY didn't appear to be clarifications, and some of them covered new points of discussion not covered in the data protection bill consultation.…

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