Discussed data sovereignty, Digital India with Satya Nadella, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Discussed data sovereignty, Digital India with Satya Nadella, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
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New Delhi: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi after his meeting with Nadella, IT Minister Prasad said that it was a courtesy meeting which went "very good".

"We talked on the issue of data sovereignty which is a work in progress," he said, adding that Digital India was also discussed among several issues in the IT segment.

Data sovereignty and data localisation have been major subjects of debate with the government introducing the Personal Data Protection Bill in the Parliament last year.

Although the bill allows the transfer of personal data outside India while transferring "sensitive" personal data outside the country a copy will have to be kept in the country. Data processing or collecting entities will, however, be barred from transferring "critical" personal data outside the country.

Data sovereignty and localisation have been a matter of concern and major technology companies which are mostly based out of India and store data outside the country.

"We discussed a whole range of issues on IT, particularly I have offered to him... We have to establish one lakh digital villages. He can consider adopting some of these digital villages and mentoring it to become a beacon for others to follow," he said.

The minister also told the media that he has offered the Microsoft Corporation CEO to adopt few villages in the country and transform them into digital villages in line with the government`s target of establishing one lakh digital villages.