US Firms approach President Trump as RBI deadline on financial data storage at earliest

In order to make sure that there is a constant flow of information across the border, the United States wanted to prohibit date localization, reports a senior administration official of Trump. Referring to the major America IT firms that are up in arms against the latest Indian directive that will be kicked off next week, said the official.

Data localization is an act, which is meant to restore data on any device this is present physically within the border of a particular country where the data gets generated.

In a circular in April, RBI said that all system providers will have to guarantee that the entire data related to the system of payment operated by them is stored in a system in India. It offered time to comply with the mandate till 15th October.

US Ambassador to the WTO and Deputy US Trade Representative Dennis Shea addressed audience saying, “We want to have prohibitions on data localization to ensure that there’s free flow of information, free flow of data across borders, disciplines around countries requiring companies to give up their source code, permanent ban on taxation or duties on digital transmissions.”

Mr. Shea continued that “And by the way, South Africa and India want to rethink the current moratorium on those duties,” when she was replying to a question at the CSIS (Centre for Strategic and International Studies) as a Top American think-tank.

US financial firms are beloved to have approached towards Trump’s administration against an RBI directive that will start from 15th October, needs to be stored in India, regarding any payment-related data from a transaction, which took place inside the country.

India has denied their request of mirroring.

Trumps’ Political advisor and Republican Strategist Andy Surabian wrote in the news that “If implemented, this policy will put an unnecessary burden on American companies and hurt consumers, who will endure higher costs and increased cybersecurity risks.”

Mr. Surabian demands that “And they are planning to do all of this in spite of the unprecedented level of economic support the US has provided India over the course of decades. The Trump administration should stand up to these reckless actions, just like they have done in other situations when Americans were getting bullied and pushed around.”

During the CSIS appearance, Mr. Shea did not point out specifically India over the issue of data localization but made cleared his views where Trump’s administration stands on this matter.

She continued that the US is engaged with multilateral issues and maintains a high-ambition approach towards it.

The general view is the process’ negotiation part, which likely to start from early next year, or possibly a ministerial statement around Davos.

He said that other members of the WTO have lower ambitions so “how this works out still remains to be seen.”

WhatsApp has said that it has developed systems that restore payments related data in India, in line with RBI’s data localization policy.

by Banani Sarkar on October 13, 2018

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