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Data localisation excluded from e-commerce policy

The Union Minister of Commerce & industry, Shri Piyush Goyal has decided to exclude data localization norms from the final e-commerce policy. He has left the proposed data protection legislation to the nodal Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). MeitY is working on the Personal Data Protection Bill to deal with the matter. The government is treading cautiously on the matter, given US opposition to the proposed data localisation norms. 

“The changes will be prospective and nothing will be implemented with retrospective effect. He urged e-commerce companies to always honour the spirit as well as letter of the law,” according to a statement released following the meeting.