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Clarity needed on what comprises critical data: Nasscom

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

IT industry body Tuesday said the government will have to offer clarity on what is categorised as "critical data" under the proposed framework as such is mandated to be stored locally.

The trade association also called for a "balanced" approach for India's framework, saying the rules should ensure that innovation is not "stifled" by the focus on driving localisation.

said the draft stipulates that critical data has to be stored exclusively in

However, the clarity on what comprises this category is yet to be provided, he added.

Premji, who is also Wipro's chief strategy officer, stated that a balanced approach is required as localisation mandates can also stifle innovation for startups.

The draft personal bill, which was introduced recently, has drawn mixed response from the industry. While most have welcomed the overall framework, many have also raised concerns around provisions that include a mandate to set up local servers in for storing "critical personal data," a classification that will be done by the Centre.

This is likely to have implications for the technology firms, especially, those in areas like and health care that handle multitude of user data ranging from names and addresses to financial

Another policy in the works for the in the country has similar mandates of localisation for the data of Indian residents.

Previously, had said mandating localisation of all personal data could become a trade barrier in the key markets.

Also, startups from that are going global may not be able to leverage global cloud platforms and face similar barriers as they expand in new markets, it had contended.

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First Published: Tue, September 18 2018. 19:45 IST