Experts said the parliament committee wants to examine all the stakeholders including Amazon, Facebook
to get their perspective about personal data protection
issues. These big service providers are data intermediaries and are dealing, handling and processing humongous volumes of data. Experts said the government could take a very “serious note” about Amazon not appearing before the committee as it is "not powerless” and can actually recommend action to be taken.
Top officials at social media giant Facebook
have made a detailed presentation before JPC
on the Personal Data Protection Bill, according to the sources. India is the biggest user base for Facebook
with around 328 million users while its WhatsApp messaging app has 400 million users in India, also the world’s highest. People in the know said that officials from companies
such as Google, Twitter and digital payments firm Paytm are also expected to make the presentations during the last week of this month.
India’s digital transformation opportunity and anticipated 850 million smartphone users by 2025, has made the country a very attractive market for these big tech companies.
The market opportunities for online commerce in the country are expected to touch $200 billion by 2028 from $30 billion in 2018. Also, due to Covid-19 pandemic, more Indian’s are getting online. All of these transformations are generating huge amounts of data.
The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha, last year in December. The Bill seeks to provide for the protection of personal data of individuals and establishes a Data Protection Authority for the same.