A few days after Amazon refused to attend the meeting of the joint parliamentary group on the data protection bill, its senior executives in India were dismissed from the committee on Wednesday and were questioned about the company’s revenue model and the taxes paid in the country.
The “Personal Data Protection Joint Parliamentary Committee Bill 2019” hosted by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi asked representatives of Amazon India and Amazon Web Services for nearly two hours.
Amazon India is represented by its vice presidents Chetan Krishnaswamy and Rakesh Bakshi, while Amazon Web Services is represented by India’s head of public policy Yolynd Lobo, and chief public policy Uthara Ganesh.
Members asked e-commerce professionals about their revenue model, how much revenue it generated and how much Amazon reinvested in India. Sources from the committee said the group also asked how much tax it pays in India. The committee requires Amazon to answer these questions with the written signature of the top official.
The Parliamentary Joint Committee issued a strict notice to Amazon on the data protection bill after the company said last week that its representatives would not appear in court. Given that he did not attend the expert group meeting, a privilege motion is still being considered.
The Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad (Ravi Shankar Prasad) proposed the Personal Data Protection Act 2019 in Lob Sabha on December 11, 2019. The bill aims to provide protection for individuals’ personal data and establish a data protection agency for this purpose. . The bill was then submitted to the joint selection committee of the two houses. The proposed law seeks restrictions that prohibit entities from storing and processing personal data without the individual’s explicit consent.
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