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India nixes privacy bill opposed by Big Tech, eyes new law

Companies feared compliance burden from stringent data regulations

India has withdrawn a controversial data protection and privacy bill that alarmed big tech companies like Facebook and Google.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- India's government on Wednesday withdrew a controversial data protection and privacy bill that was first proposed in 2019 and had alarmed big technology companies such as Facebook and Google, announcing it was working on a new comprehensive law.

The 2019 bill had proposed stringent regulations on cross-border data flows and proposed giving the Indian government powers to seek user data from companies, seen as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stricter regulation of tech giants.

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