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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | EC warns against data localization proposal in India Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, May 17, 2019



In a submission to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the European Commision said India’s proposed data localization requirements would likely carry “unnecessary costs, difficulties and uncertainties that could hamper business and investments,” The Economic Times reports. European Commission Head of International Data Flows and Protection Bruno Gencarelli cautioned that the draft policy contained “no clear guidance on when the central government might consider an exception ‘necessary’ for processing data outside India.” Meanwhile, a panel at a U.S.-India Business Council event argued India should consider adopting cross-border data privacy rules. USIBC Senior Director for Digital Economy Jay Gullish said the global digital economy has been successful for both countries, adding that “Most of that is predicated on free movement of data.”
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