Draft e-commerce policy: Good intentions, but no solutions

Bengaluru: India’s proposed policy for ecommerce businesses operating in the country might hint at stricter checks and balances on the flow of data across borders that is to come, but fails to explain how these would be put into place and implemented, say experts. 

“One of the biggest problems of the policy is that it does not have parameters for its implementation. Collation of broad statements is not what good policies are made of,” said Pavan Duggal, a top cyber law expert and Supreme Court Lawyer.

In its draft ecommerce policy released on Saturday, the government termed data as a ‘National Asset’ and proposed a legal and technology framework be created for imposing restrictions on cross-border data flow and also sharing of data with domestic entities. Under the new regime, businesses collecting or processing sensitive data in India which is stored abroad will not be allowed to share it with other businesses outside the country, third parties or foreign governments without prior permission, the draft policy read. While the implications of such a law could have widespread effects on the way tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Walmart and several conduct business here, the proposed policy does not explain how the government plans to implement these changes. ..Read More..

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