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Digital platforms should be responsive to sovereignty concerns: IT minister

The sovereign concerns of countries including areas in defence, privacy and security of citizens.

New Delhi: Digital platforms anywhere in the world need to be responsive, accountable and sensitive to concerns of sovereign nations regarding issues like data privacy and security of citizens, says Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking at the G20 Digital Economy Ministers meet, Prasad emphasised on data-related issues and sovereign rights of countries to protect data privacy and security of citizens, according to an official release.

He noted that India will soon put in place a robust personal data protection law that will not only address the data privacy-related concerns of citizens but also ensure availability of data for innovation and economic development.

The minister asserted that digital platforms having presence across multiple countries must become trustworthy, safe and secure.

“The Digital platforms need to be responsive, accountable, and sensitive to the concerns of sovereign nations as far as safety, defence and data privacy is concerned,” the minister said.

Prasad told the digital ministers of the G20 countries that “it is time to acknowledge that digital platforms anywhere in the world have to be responsive and accountable towards the sovereign concerns of countries including defence, privacy and security of citizens,” the release said.

During his address, Prasad shared India”s digital innovations that have helped in the fight against COVID-19. He outlined initiatives like the Aarogya Setu mobile app, geo-fencing system for monitoring quarantined patients and COVID-19 Savdhan bulk messaging systems.

In the wake of the global pandemic, the minister strongly emphasised on the need for building a resilient global supply chain, and shared the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making India an attractive destination for investment closely integrated with global supply chains.

Prasad also highlighted how digital technology helped the Indian government in providing relief to the economically weaker sections of society during this crisis.

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