U.S.-India business group plans to lobby for a dilution of India’s privacy bill: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Trade groups representing some of the world’s largest companies to a plan to the government officials from the u.s. and Indian lawmakers in an effort to dilute the share of an Indian, a privacy bill that may be damaging for the business, three sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A young boy is watching a movie on his mobile phone as he lies in a hospital bed on a pavement in Kolkata, India, on July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

The Protection of Personal Information Bill, which the government argues is necessary to protect the privacy of the user, it will require the companies such as Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s Google’s (GOOGL.(O) and Facebook (FB.D) in order to change the way they store and process customer data from the Indian information of users.

Industry executives say that some of the provisions will result in higher costs of compliance. A provision authorizes the government to request a company to provide (anonymous) data of the user, to assist in the development of policy, and the details of the companies are not at all as it is, it is of crucial importance in order to fuel their growth.

Submitted to the government last week, the bill will have to be assessed by a 30-member parliamentary panel.

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to lobby Indian parliamentarians who will be in the bill and the holding of meetings with key U.S. government officials, said a source.

The council is also leading a delegation to India early next year in order to meet the parliamentary panel, the source added.

The sources declined to comment as to the lobbying activities schedule has not yet been made public.

The plans are a signal of India’s privacy bill that would further deepen the bilateral strains. Washington is upset with the new, stringent data requirements that have an impact on the credit-card companies, and also to protest against the e-commerce regulations that have hurt businesses, such as Inc. (AMZN.D).

Meenakshi Lekhi, the head of the parliamentary panel and as a legislator of the ruling Bharatiya Janata y, told Reuters the commission will seek to have “as wide a range as possible”.

She added, however, that they will seek legal opinion on the eligibility of a foreign lobby group, during the panel’s deliberations.

USIBC said in a statement it was assessing the proposal and in consultation with the government and other stakeholders in order to ensure that the industry’s prospects for the bill are to be taken.

Another influential lobby group, the US-India Strategic nership, the Forum and told its members, and the plan is to work together with other industry bodies and to speak to the officers of the s. S., as it seems to address industry concerns about the privacy bill, a second source said.

The group said in a statement it was still assessing the bill.

India is the latest country to have a better control of the data, and the domestic operations of global tech companies. Vietnam has passed a law for technology companies to store important personal data of users in the country. Australia last year passed a bill that gave the police access to the encrypted data.

Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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