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Government of India
Ministry Of Communication and Information Technology
Department Of Electronics and Information Technology

 Rajya Sabha
Unstarred Question No. 175
Answered On April 24, 2015 

Question
Working Group on Information and Communication Technology 

175. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR: 

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYbe pleased to state; 

(a)   the steps taken by Government to engage the India-US Working Group on Informationand Communication Technologies (WG-ICT) on Digital India initiative thus far; 

(b)   whether Government has the requisite measures for data privacy and intellectual propertyrights of local and foreign manufacturers in place to ensure an attractive IoT Market in India;and

 (c)    if so, the details thereof ?  

ANSWER
MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD) 

(a): The meeting of the Working Group on Information& Communication Technologies (ICT)was held during 14th -15thJanuary 2015 in Washington DC, USA. Amongst other issues, the twoSides discussed cooperation framework under the Digital India Programme. Further a JointDeclaration of Intent for cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technologyand Electronics has been signed between the two countries on 20thJanuary, 2015. One of theobjectives under the aforesaid Joint Declaration of Intent is to explore the opportunities forcollaboration in the course of implementation ofIndia’s ambitious Digital India programme.

 (b) and (c): The Information Technology Act, 2000 has adequate provisions for data protectionand data privacy in digital form. Sections 43, 43A and 72A of the Information Technology Act,2000 provides a legal framework for privacy and security of data in digital form. Further, Indianlaws relating to Intellectual Property Right have been suitably amended and are TRIPScompliant.