Data localisation: A strategic weapon in cyber war

By Prashant Mali, President – Cyber Law Consulting (Advocates Attorneys)

Data is the new oil, and I believe it is the new cyber weapon too. Those whose possess, control and mine the data are the proxy rulers of cyber space. Data being localised in Indian borders gives a better control even for law enforcement agencies to gather electronic evidence without any foreign countries prejudice. Till the ECPA (Electronic Communications and Privacy Act), exists in the US, they are never going to share data with India’s law enforcement agencies. My personal interaction with a US Government attorney in Washington made me aware that they do not even expect ECPA to be amended in favour of data sharing with countries like India.

Data localisation is a topic which RBI has taken a lead and should be very well supported by the Home Ministry as it is a pure facilitator of law and order.

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