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Data localisation should form integral part of e-commerce policy: CAIT to Goyal

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Traders' body CAIT Wednesday said data localisation provisions should form an integral part of the proposed national e-commerce policy

In a communication to Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said data localisation in the proposed e-commerce policy should be adhered to without any compromise.
The provision of data localisation is fairly spelled out in draft of e-commerce policy and, therefore, it should essentially be made integral part of the e-commerce policy, CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said.
The government might unveil a national e-commerce policy within 12 months to facilitate achieving holistic growth of the sector, officials said.
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal held his second marathon meeting with stakeholders, including e-commerce companies earlier this week.
The government, in February, had released the draft national e-commerce policy proposing setting up of a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow and also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad.
Several foreign e-commerce firms have raised concerns over some points in the draft pertaining to data.
An inter-ministerial panel under the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will be formed to address stakeholders' grievances on foreign director investment and draft e-commerce policy.

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First Published: Jun 26 2019 | 7:35 PM IST

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