India, says tech companies to protect user privacy, prevention of abuse,

A man walks past the sign of the ‘Google of India’, the annual technology event in New Delhi, on September 19, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Sankalp Phartiyal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Technology companies should be the protection of the privacy of the user, and to prevent the misuse of their platforms, and India’s IT minister, said on Thursday, as the government is proposing a data privacy legislation, and attempts to push the companies to store more data at a local level.

The federal Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that he wanted the native americans to have access to more technology and platforms, but said that this should not be allowed to undermine the privacy of the user.

“I have only one caveat – it needs to be safe and to be safe, it must be the safeguarding of the privacy rights of the individual, and you need to be extra steps that people don’t abuse the system,” Prasad, told industry executives at a meeting organized by the Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s Google, in New Delhi.

India has 1.3 billion people and huge consumption of mobile data has been turned into a major growth market for the US technology giants including Google, Facebook and Amazon.

India has already forced international payment companies such as Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. in order to store data locally.

Technology companies are worried that the government is stepping out of measures for the strengthening of local data storage will increase the cost of the investment.

Google is said to be the case, and that it had started a new job-search feature on Google-to-Pay platform, and is used by 67 million people a month and is competing with SoftBank-backed Paytm and Walmart Inc. PhonePe.

Google has expanded its artificial intelligence-based voice-assistant service, a direct dial telephone, through the collaboration with one of India’s top telecom carriers-in a country where there are more than 300 million use it on 2G devices.

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Aditya Kalra and Edmund Blair

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