Data Localization Current Affairs - 2020

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Delhi announced as next Google Cloud Region after Mumbai

On March 5, 2020, Google announced that it will open its next cloud region of India at Delhi by 2021. This is the second cloud region of Google after Mumbai, that was launched in 2017. Google owns 22 cloud regions in Asia Pacific.

Highlights

Along with Delhi Cloud Region, Google will also open its data centers in Toronto (Canada), Melbourne (Australia) and Doha (Qatar).

What is Google Cloud Region?

The Google Cloud Services are now available in South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Australia. They are regions that stores data. These data storage regions help several companies to store and secure their data.

How is it helpful for India?

India has strict data localization laws. This is because by this, GoI believes that consumer data can be protected in a better way. This way it helps in national security, sovereignty and economic development.The Google Cloud Region hence helps companies to store data locally.

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IIT to set up Data Science Centre at Kanjikode campus

The Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad is to set uo a research centre in data science. The centre being set up at Kanjikode aims at providing a platform of research for artificial intelligence and Data Science

Highlights

The centre has been named as the Centre for Research and Education in Data Science. The Centre will collaborate with the Government, industries and other academic institutes

Data Science

It is the field that uses scientific algorithms, processes and methods to extract knowledge from unstructured and structured data.

The development of data science is highly important for Data Localization

What is Data Localization?

It refers to the rules, laws and regulations that speaks on the collection of data on a Nation’s citizens. It also includes processing and storing such data.

Indian Laws on Data Localisation

Currently in India the only mandate on Data Localization is that provided by Reserve Bank of India, that too only for Payment systems. However, there are several draft bills and reports on Data Localization.

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