Reliance Jio, the telecom unit of Reliance Industries Ltd, emphasised on the requirement and a framework for data localisation to ensure cyberattacks are prevented. Jio has asked its corporates to take appropriate measures to protect data.
RIL in its annual report said that Jio is a strong supporter of local storage of data, which is critical for national interest and security. It also added that Jio believes Indians are true owners of their data and ownership should not be transferred to any corporate entity.
The announcement comes ahead of the introduction of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 in the Parliament to address issues concerned with security, consumption and privacy of data which has increased in India due to incredibly cheap data packs and smartphones.
The telecom major expects mobile Internet users to grow to over 800 million, as currently only some 400 million Indians are using smartphones. Jio has set a framework to drive growth wherein it has ventured into 4G device, JioPhone, its fibre-to-the-home network, which is in the final phase of testing.