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Mukesh Ambani's plans to take on Amazon and Walmart hit a legal firewall

A senior Reliance executive says that any data sharing on customers between the two, could run into a legal wall

New Delhi: Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani addresses the 24th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM Mobicom) 2018, in New Delhi, Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Photo: PTI
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New Delhi: Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani addresses the 24th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM Mobicom) 2018, in New Delhi, Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Photo: PTI

Ari Altstedter | Bloomberg
There’s a wrinkle in plans made by Asia’s richest man to take on Amazon.com Inc and Walmart Inc on his home turf in India: his telecom and retail businesses can’t share data.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., has outlined how he will marry the might of his group’s 9,900-plus retail stores and 280-million strong telecom user base to bolster his e-commerce venture. A senior Reliance executive says that any data sharing on customers between the two, could run into a legal wall.

“They are different companies so there are data privacy rules,” Ashwin Khasgiwala, Reliance Retail Ltd.’s

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First Published: Feb 28 2019 | 3:09 AM IST

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