Mukesh Ambani Implores Modi To Act Against ‘Data Colonisation’

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GANDHINAGAR —  Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps against ‘data colonisation’, especially by global corporations, stating that Indian data must be owned by Indians.

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi’s movement against political colonisation, Ambani said India now needs a new movement against data colonisation.

“Gandhiji led India’s movement against political colonisation. Today, we have to collectively launch a new movement against data colonisation,” Ambani said at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar.

Stressing that, in this new world, data is the new wealth, Ambani said, “India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people and not by corporates, specially global corporations.”

Ambani further said, “For India to succeed in this data-driven revolution, we will have to migrate the control and ownership of Indian data back to India. In other words, give Indian wealth back to every Indian.”

Stating that the “entire world has come to recognise” Modi “as a man of action”, Ambani said, “Honourable prime minister, am sure you will make this one of the principal goals of your Digital India mission.”

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