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To cut ‘downsides’, Google bats for ‘narrowly tailored’ data localisation

Local storage requirements should be “as narrowly tailored as possible” to minimise its “downsides” and optimise for some very specific legitimate requirements, a top executive from Google said.

Speaking virtually at a select media gathering on Wednesday, Google’s chief privacy officer, Keith Enright said that in his experience, data localisation requirements do not typically aid some of the key areas it aims to serve, for instance, economic benefits, preventing access to data by another government or bad actors, and making data available for law enforcement agencies.

Google is not the only one that seems to have reservations about local storage requirements, a key part of India’s proposed data protection framework. Under India’s data protection bill, which is still under consideration, big tech companies are mandated to store a copy of certain sensitive personal data within India and the export of undefined…

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