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'To Set The Record Straight': Amazon Explains Parliament No-Show

Amazon had been as a result of seem earlier than the parliamentary committee on October 28 (File)

New Delhi:

Hours after sources instructed NDTV that Amazon had refused to seem earlier than a joint parliamentary committee trying into the Private Information Safety (PDP) Invoice – and will, subsequently, face “coercive motion” and a “breach of privilege” discover – the net retail big stated its place “might have been misconstrued” and that it could work with the committee to “set the document straight”.

In response to sources Amazon had begged off from showing earlier than the committee on October 28 as a result of its “material consultants” have been abroad and unable to journey to India due to dangers related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The shortcoming of our consultants to journey from abroad as a result of journey restriction and depose earlier than the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) through the ongoing pandemic might have been misconstrued and led to a misunderstanding,” the corporate stated in an announcement launched Friday evening.

“We’ll work with the JPC to set the document straight,” the corporate stated, including, “Now we have the utmost respect and regard for the essential work being accomplished by the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on the PDP invoice and have already provided written submissions for consideration of this august committee. We’ll proceed to interact in any approach the JPC considers match.”

The committee, which is headed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, is trying into the PDP invoice, following issues expressed by the opposition Congress. All stakeholders, together with Fb and Twitter, had been summoned to supply an summary.

Fb India officers, led by coverage head Ankhi Das, appeared earlier than the JPC as we speak and have been questioned for practically two hours, sources stated.

Ms Das, whose title got here up in a current controversy over alleged bias by the social networking big in coping with hate speeches, was quizzed on information safety. The social media big was outdated it couldn’t use private information for “inferential” functions in promoting or enterprise or elections.

Twitter is to seem on October 28.

Whereas introducing the draft invoice in parliament final yr, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated it empowers the federal government to ask firms like Fb and Google for nameless private and non-personal information.

The Congress flagged worries on the misuse of information in some instances, particularly the place nationwide safety is concerned. A bit of authorized consultants stated the proposed legislation might additionally give the federal government unaccounted entry to the non-public information of customers.

The matter was subsequently referred to the JPC headed by Ms Lekhi.  

“Whosoever is required, a person or an entity, might be requested to depose earlier than the panel on the problem of safety of information and its privateness and their respective social media platforms might be completely examined by the panel,” she was quoted as saying by information company PTI.

With enter from PTI

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