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Jio, Airtel and Paytm lobby for personal data localization, not trusted geographies

Telecom operators Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, and payments firm Paytm are opposed to the central government’s move to allow transfer of personal data of Indians to trusted geographies. They are asking for data of Indians to be stored within the country in a stance contrary to that adopted by the industry’s nodal grouping, the Internet and Mobile Association of India. The three companies have officially communicated their position on the matter to the ministry of electronics and information technology.

Why it’s important: Since IAMAI, the representative industry body, is supporting the government’s stance, the opposition by the three big players could lead to an impasse. Moneycontrol

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