Sunday September 22, 2019
Home Lead Story Facebook CEO ...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Claims, Data Storing Call Comes With Risk in India

"Our stance on data localisation is a risk. That is, if we get blocked in a major country, that will hurt our community and our business. But our principles on data localization aren't new and this has always been a risk," the Facebook CEO added.

0
//
Mark Zuckerberg
Stopping abuse is certainly important, but, said Zuckerberg, "I would argue that, even more, the deeper question: Is that the intrinsic design of the systems, right?" VOA

 India’s data localisation demands are understandable but allowing it for one nation can trigger a demand from countries which are much more authoritarian and can misuse the citizens’ data, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.

In a conversation with historian and author Yuval Noah Harari on Friday, Zuckerberg said the motives and intents behind storing data locally matter the most.

“I think that… the motives matter and certainly, I don’t think that either of us would consider India to be an authoritarian country,” Zuckerberg responded to a question why is it safe to store the data about Indian citizens in the US and not in India when they’re openly saying they care only about themselves.

WhatsApp
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines say that all digital payment firms like Google Pay, WhatsApp and others must store data locally for their businesses. Pixabay

“The intent matters, right. And I think countries can come at this with open values and still conclude that something like that could be helpful.

“But I think one of the things that you need to be very careful about is that if you set that precedent you’re making it very easy for other countries that don’t have open values and that are much more authoritarian and want the data not to protect their citizens but to be able to surveil them and find dissidents and lock them up,” Zuckerberg emphasised.

In an earlier earnings call with investors, he said that Facebook won’t store sensitive data in countries where it might be improperly accessed.

“More countries following the approach of authoritarian regimes adopting strict data localization policies where governments can more easily access people’s data, and I’m highly concerned about that future,” he noted.

“Our stance on data localisation is a risk. That is, if we get blocked in a major country, that will hurt our community and our business. But our principles on data localization aren’t new and this has always been a risk,” the Facebook CEO added.

technology
In a conversation with historian and author Yuval Noah Harari on Friday, Zuckerberg said the motives and intents behind storing data locally matter the most. Pixabay

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines say that all digital payment firms like Google Pay, WhatsApp and others must store data locally for their businesses.

In the conversation with Harari, he said that Facebook needs to build up really advanced systems for detecting interference in the democratic process and more broadly being able to identify that.

Also Read: Jet Airways To Fly Again, Gulf-Based NRIs “Ready To Secure Emergency Funds”

“The idea is to identify when people are standing up networks of fake accounts that are not behaving in a way that normal people would, to be able to weed those out and work with law enforcement and election commissions and folks all around the world and the intelligence community to be able to coordinate and be able to deal with that effectively,” Zuckerberg noted.

Stopping abuse is certainly important, but, said Zuckerberg, “I would argue that, even more, the deeper question: Is that the intrinsic design of the systems, right?” (IANS)

Next Story

Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) Decides To Train Mothers in Technology

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has decided to train mothers in technology to make them able to help their children

0
technology, women, training, Kerala, empower
During the training programmes, mothers would be introduced to better use of resources in the textbooks by scanning QR codes. Pixabay

In a path-breaking initiative, the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has decided to train mothers in technology to make them able to help their children in school education.

K. Anvar Sadath, head of the KITE, said one of the main objectives of training mothers, which will start next month, is to ensure better use of smart phones at home for education purposes.

“The KITE initiative to empower mothers in technology is to benefit from the increased usage of internet through mobile. Necessary applications will be deployed for the smart phones owned by parents in advance,” said Sadath.

During the training programmes, mothers would be introduced to better use of resources in the textbooks by scanning QR codes, familiarisation with the new classroom learning process besides focus on creating a favourable opportunity at home for students to make use of Samagra resource portal.

technology, women, training, Kerala, empower
The KITE will also facilitate publishing of school details in the form of QR codes for general public. Pixabay

The KITE will also facilitate publishing of school details in the form of QR codes for general public.

ALSO READ: World’s Biggest Coastal Cleanup Drive At Puri Beach In Odisha

Now boards put up near main school entrances will also display QR code, which will carry link to school details on Sametham website (www.sametham.kite.kerala.gov.in) to help people know about the school. (IANS)