US se­na­tors call on In­dia to soften data localization stance

Kuwait Times - - International -

NEW DELHI: Two US se­na­tors have called on In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to soften In­dia’s stance on data localization, warn­ing that mea­sures re­quir­ing it rep­re­sent “key trade bar­ri­ers” be­tween the two na­tions. In a let­ter to Modi dated Fri­day and seen by Reuters, US Se­na­tors John Cornyn and Mark Warner - co-chair­men of the Se­nate’s In­dia cau­cus - urged In­dia to in­stead adopt a “light touch” reg­u­la­tory frame­work that would al­low data to flow freely across bor­ders.

The let­ter comes as re­la­tions be­tween Wash­ing­ton and New Delhi are strained over mul­ti­ple is­sues, in­clud­ing an Indo-Rus­sian de­fense con­tract, In­dian tar­iffs on elec­tron­ics and other items, and In­dia’s push to pur­chase oil from Iran de­spite up­com­ing US sanc­tions. Global tech com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Mastercard, Visa and Amer­i­can Ex­press have been lob­by­ing In­dia’s fi­nance min­istry and the Re­serve Bank of In­dia to re­lax pro­posed guide­lines that man­date all pay­ment data on do­mes­tic trans­ac­tions in In­dia be stored in­side the coun­try by Oc­to­ber 15.

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