On Aug. 10, according tomedia reports, India is pushing for a “forced data sharing” scheme to regulate the collection and use of personal data, but has been resisted by Us tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, and an industry group representing them is preparing to fight back against the proposals.
A committee appointed by the Indian government recommended in July the creation of a regulator to regulate the personal data collected by companies, which is anonymous or lacking personal details but is critical to the company’s business.
The commission proposed a mechanism for companies to share data with other entities, even competitors, which it said would spur the digital ecosystem to grow faster. If adopted by the government, the report would form the basis of new laws to regulate such data.
But in a letter to the Indian government, the USIBC, a unit of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said such “forced data sharing” would hamper competition and undermine companies’ investments and efforts to process and collect such information, a move they strongly oppose.
India’s increased regulation of companies collecting and using data is the latest stimulus for U.S. technology companies, which face similar challenges in several other countries that are developing stricter e-commerce rules and data storage regulations. India’s electronic information technology ministry, Amazon, Facebook and Google did not respond to requests for comment. (Small)