WhatsApp has agreed to follow the data localisation policy.
Storing data of Indians within the country will give a sense of security to Indian users, especially in the light of the recent data breaches involving tech companies. India’s banking regulator, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had made it mandatory for payment firms to store data locally. RBI’s notification on Payment Data Storage 2018 and, the guidelines for government departments show the government’s focus on data localisation.
Various factors including security of the data of its citizens, national security and economic development of the country were the major reasons behind the introduction of such a policy. Global tech companies working in India collect enormous amount of data and this data contains sensitive information.
Kaspersky Lab’s Managing Director, Stephan Neumeier was speaking at 4th Asia Pacific Cybersecurity Annual Summit. He clarified that Kaspersky Lab wants to comply with the proposed requirements. However, the company will do it once the data protection bill is released.
The company has already discussed the matter with India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Chief Gulshan Rai. Kaspersky plans to start a Transparency Center in India, along with a data center. The date center will have capabilities to store Indian data within the country’s borders.
“We have all the support that we can imagine from the Indian government. However, we need to look into specific requirements before we make a decision where we are going to open that facility. One is obviously location. We want to fly in people there. It needs to provide easy accessibility. So, India is probably, for Asia Pacific, not a perfect place because it is not very, very central.”