Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad  |  Photo Credit: ANI

New Delhi: Days after a ban was imposed on 59 Chinese mobile application, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the Central government will not accept any compromise data sovereignty of India.

While addressing Thakur Prasad Memorial Lecture on Data security, sovereignty in Delhi via video conference on July 18, Prasad said, “Data is an asset. Data of Indians belong to the people of India and to the sovereign. We will not accept any compromise with data sovereignty of India.”

Prasad, who holds the Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology and Communications portfolios, also emphasised that banning the Chinese mobile applications has created an opportunity for Indian developers.

“If we have banned few mobile applications on the grounds of national security, then we are also encouraging Indian application developers to build mobile applications: Union Minister for Communications,” the minister said.

Last month, the Central government banned as many as 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, WeChat and Helo, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security,” following a border clash between China and India.

Stressing upon the need to secure the data of the people, Prasad said keeping this in mind, the government has brought a data protection law which is being examined by the select committee of Parliament.

“If data is a good asset it must be secured and vested into the sovereign power of a country. Therefore, we have brought data protection law which is being examined by the select committee of the Parliament,” Prasad said.

He further emphasised that Digital India today has become a transformative programme whereby common Indians are getting empowered through technology. The “great JAM trinity- Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile – has led to a transformation in governance,” he said.


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