Amazon Decline to Appear Before Indian Parliamentary Panel

Amazon’s Representatives in India declined to appear before a parliamentary panel for checking India’s privacy bill. It was an allegation that was built against the US commerce giant which ended as a result of a misunderstanding.

The head of a parliamentary panel who is checking the Indian government’s Personal Data Protection Bill said that amazon’s officials refused to appear before the panel on 28th October which could lead to “coercive action” against Amazon.

Some executives of the industry said that the bill can potentially hurt foreign technology firms and it can force them to change how they store information. According to the panel’s deliberations, it frequently holds discussions with tech companies.

As per Amazon, it will continue to involve the panel and said that there had been a misunderstanding about its position in the market which it is planning to resolve the issue.

The company also said that the inability of the company’s experts to travel from overseas due to travel restrictions and overthrow before the joint parliamentary committee during the current pandemic might have been misinterpreted and it has led to a misunderstanding.

Distinctly, representatives from Facebook have appeared before the committee on 23rd October. Twitter has also been asked to appear on 28th October, whereas digital payments corporations such as Paytm and Alphabet’s Google will appear on 29th October.


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The lawmaker added that if a firm’s executive doesn’t appear before the panel when they are asked to, it can sum up to a breach of parliamentary privilege which can even cause a jail term.

India has been drafting various rules and regulations for the tech sector which industry executives say can hurt the investment plans of foreign tech giants.

The Indian government is too considering a new policy for the e-commerce sector and to maintain the non-private data.