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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Urges IT Ministry To Allow Free Flow Of Data Across India

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| September 10 , 2018 , 15:14 IST

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has written to electronics and IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to allow free flow of data across borders in India which he thinks can boost the digital economy in the country, media reported on Sunday.

A senior government official was quoted by the Financial Express as saying, "Pichai said he appreciates the government’s efforts in creating a conducive business environment in India."

"In the letter, he urged that free flow of data across borders, with focus on user privacy and security, will encourage start-ups to innovate and expand globally and encourage global companies to contribute to India’s digital economy," he added.

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These suggestions of Pichai came after within days of Prasad’s visit to San Francisco last month. Prasad on his trip to San Francisco met heads of top tech companies including Pichai.

According to reports, Prasad was briefed about Google's plans for India in the areas of connectivity, Indic languages, artificial intelligence, machine learning and capacity building of start-ups and small and Mid-sized business (SMBs).

Commenting on the cross-border flow of data, Google has a view that storing data within the country could have an adverse socio-economic impact on innovation and technology in the country.

According to a BusinessWire report, Governments in Asia can expand the region’s digital economy and unlock further socio-economic benefits for their citizens by removing unnecessary restrictions on the movement of data internationally.

Under the free-flow of data mechanism, an economy can be convertible into a competitive data economy.