Amazon arm backs data localisation

We can assure the government that all data we have stays in the country, says AWS’ Peter Moore The government has the right to ask that sensitive data be stored locally, a senior official of Amazon Web Services (AWS) has said. The statement comes amid opposition from experts and foreign firms over proposed data localisation norms in India. “Governments have a right to request the data that is sensitive be stored in their own country so they can apply their own rules to that data,” Peter Moore, regional managing director, Amazon Web Services, global public sector – APAC and Japan, told The Hindu . The reason why the company had invested in data centres in India was “so that we can assure the government that all the data that they have stays in the country, we can give them that assurance,” Mr. Moore added. The policy The draft ‘The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018’ proposes that critical personal data of Indian citizens be processed only in data centres located within the country, while personal data may be transferred outside India. However, at least one copy of the data will need to be stored in India. The proposal has been termed as “regressive” and a “trade barrier” by experts.
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