Google CEO says committed to India’s new IT rules despite privacy concerns

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Google is committed to complying with India’s revised IT rules that came into effect Wednesday, reported Economic Times quoting the Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said on Thursday.

“It’s obviously early days and our local teams are very engaged. You know we comply with local laws and we will approach it with the same framework,” Pichai said in a video conference with select reporters from Asia Pacific, as per the report. “We engage and explain to everyone the importance of information, promoting (the) free flow of information, but do want to respect legislative processes in democratic countries.”

“We are committed to complying (with the laws). And to the extent, there are requests (for information on users) we comply with and we will include that in our transparency reports. It is a framework with which we will operate it around the world,” the India-born executive said.

On Wednesday, India sent a notice to the internet and social media intermediary businesses, asking them to notify the government if they had complied with the regulations.

As per the report, WhatsApp has filed a case in the Delhi High Court against the new regulations that also mandate social media platforms to trace the origin of specific messages. The Facebook-owned company has argued that the new rules violate the fundamental right to privacy of users.

“We respect the sovereignty of countries and the legislative processes. We work hard to adapt and function and where we need to push back, we do that. It is a balance we have stuck around the world. India is a vibrant place where we are able to provide a lot of information across a lot of our products and so will operate with that framework,” Pichai said.

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