Facebook facing user data protection issues, other Silicon Valley giants are coming up with their own measures to protect the data of their users. Google has confirmed that it will not share user data with companies or the government.
Companies and governments across the world have recognised the value of data. In the information-led economy, data holds a massive value. Google has said that it will not give away users’ data or allow governments to access it. The statement re-assures customers’ faith in Google across the world, including India.
Google Cloud’s CEO, Thomas Kurian said, “We never will, even if we get a request from a government for us to hand the customer data to the government. We will not do that. We will ask the company that owns the data for permission and tell the government to talk to the company.”
The government of India is already in talks with fintech companies operating in India to store the data of Indian customers within India borders. The government has also asked for access to the stored data. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has published the draft IT rules 2018, which asks these companies to appoint a nodal person of contact in India. The regulation also asks senior functionary to establish 24×7 coordination with law enforcements.
Google said that it is building AI-based solutions to access user data. The company said, “Our model will not access the data until the customer explicitly requests us. The same principle that we apply to data, we also apply to AI models. If you build an AI model in our cloud, you’re in the model. We don’t even look at the model. It’s your private software, you do whatever you want.” This model also applies to AI-based solution models built using Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Top tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have their data centres in India. So, the data is being stored well-within Indian borders. These data centres are used exclusively for serving Indian customers.