NEW DELHI: Representatives of Reliance Jio on Wednesday told the joint committee on Personal Data Protection Bill that they were in favour of data localisation, but against sharing subscriber data even with other companies within the umbrella Reliance Group.
Appearing before the Meenakshi Lekhi-led parliamentary panel, Jio representatives batted strongly for data localisation, saying storage of subscriber data within India would drive revenue, employment and growth in the country.
Representing Jio Platforms on the subject of data privacy, Ravi Gandhi made a written submission to the panel that Jio was against sharing data with any third party, including with its own companies.
Responding to questions pertaining to Reliance’s tieup with Facebook and WhatsApp, and asked if such a tieup would involve sharing of data, the company’s representatives are understood to have told the panel that there would be no exchange of subscriber data.
Asked why Facebook and WhatsApp would tie up with Reliance if no data exchange was envisaged, Jio representatives told the panel they would benefit from each other’s technological know-how.
The joint committee will hear submissions from Ola and Uber on Thursday, followed by Airtel and Truecaller on Friday.
The proposed data protection law seeks a bar on storing and processing of personal data by entities without the explicit consent of an individual. Following concerns raised by Congress over the 2019 bill, the committee is looking into the matter and involving all stakeholders for an overview.
The panel earlier questioned representatives of Paytm, Google, Amazon, Twitter and Facebook over their revenue models, corporate tax structures and their views on data localisation.

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