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India to Ease Data Storage Rules in Relief for Google, Meta

  • Government may allow storage of data in specified nations
  • Bill proposes as much as 5 billion rupees penalty for breaches
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India plans to allow transfer and storing personal data in some countries overseas, in a reprieve for global companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook.

The government will “notify such countries or territories outside India to which a data fiduciary may transfer personal data,” according to the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill unveiled on Friday for public feedback. The long-delayed bill needs the approval of parliament before becoming law. An earlier version of the bill had sought to severely restrict transfer, processing and storage of data overseas.