Commerce minister Piyush Goyal decided to keep data localisation rules out the final e-commerce policy framework, leaving the norm to be taken care of by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Mint reported.
Industry representatives, who attended the meeting on Monday, told the paper that Goyal said data protection would now be handled by MeiTY as the ministry is already working on a data protection bill. 25 major e-commerce players, including Amazon and Flipkart, were present at the meeting.
The draft of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, was submitted to MeitY in July last year. Setting up a data protection authority and placing restrictions on cross-border data flows, were among the top recommendations of the bill. The bill is yet to be cleared in the cabinet.
Flipkart Group CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, who was among the 25 industry participants in the meeting said the firm, told Mint that they appreciated the initiative of Goyal 'to engage in a candid, positive and progressive discussion aimed at creating a vibrant e-commerce market and Digital India'.
An unnamed industry representative, who attended the meeting, told the paper it that the meeting was a positive development as there were conflicting provisions in the draft e-commerce policy and the Personal Data Protection Bill.
First Published: IST