Wednesday 13 November 2019

Etailers at marathon meet with data panel

Ecommerce companies Amazon, Walmart-owned Flipkart and Snapdeal presented views on possible data localisation, sharing aggregate customer data with the government and potential data portability on Tuesday, in a series of meetings with the committee tasked with giving recommendations on regulating nonpersonal data.

The development comes after the panel, headed by Infosys cofounder Kris Gopalakrishnan, had noted the views of Uber and Ola in October, followed by health and health technology companies. “Companies are not averse to sharing anonymous data with the government, but different companies have different levels of flexibility,” said a person in the know of the developments, adding that the issue was “extremely complex”.

“While everyone has different levels of comfort, no one has so far come forward and said that they will not share data at all with the government,” the person added. The discussions will be followed by many more across various other sectors, another person in the know said. The eight-member panel is looking at ways to regulate community, anonymised and ecommerce data in India.

It is studying various issues related to non-personal data and will make specific suggestions that the central government will consider before regulating such data. “Today, the government was looking to assess what could be the economic value of ecommerce data and should it be available for a larger purpose. They asked questions on types of non-personal data, whether it can be personalised, should it be stored or processed within India,” said a source.

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