Federal Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he wanted Indians to have access to more technology platforms but said this should not undermine user privacy.
“I have only one caveat – it must be safe and secure, it must safeguard the privacy rights of the individual and you must make extra efforts that people don’t abuse the system,” Prasad told industry executives at a gathering organized by Alphabet Inc.’s Google in New Delhi.
India’s 1.3 billion people and their massive consumption of mobile data have turned it into a key growth market for U.S. technology giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
India has already forced foreign payment firms such as MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. to store data locally. Technology firms have been concerned that the government’s drive to step up measures to boost local data storage will increase investment costs.