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Google ready to comply with new IT rules in India: Sundar Pichai

The new IT rules advocate that internet and social media companies with over five million users should appoint local grievance redressal officers, chief compliance officers, and a nodal contact person

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The company complies with local laws and we will approach it with the same framework Indian activists believe. “We engage and explain to everyone the importance of information, promoting (the) free flow of information, but do want to respect legislative processes in democratic countries,” Pichai said. Falling off the Centre’s good books global technology giant, Google on Friday also announced that the company will adhere to all new India’s IT rules. The new IT rules in India have come into effect from May 26.

“It’s obviously early days and our local teams are very engaged. You know we comply with local laws and we will approach it with the same framework,” Pichai said in a conference with select reporters from the Asia Pacific region. “We engage and explain to everyone the importance of information, promoting (the) free flow of information, but do want to respect legislative processes in democratic countries,” Pichai said.

Meanwhile, the global technology company said that we comply with local laws and we will approach it with the same framework. Pichai said in a video conference with select reporters from the Asia Pacific region. “We engage and explain to everyone the importance of information, promoting (the) free flow of information, but do want to respect legislative processes in democratic countries,” Pichai said.

The new IT rules advocate that internet and social media companies with over five million users in India should appoint local grievance redressal officers, chief compliance officers and a nodal contact person whose details along with a physical contact address are to be published on their websites.

“We are committed to complying (with the laws). And to the extent, there are requests (for information on users) we comply with and we will include that in our transparency reports. It is a framework with which we will operate around the world,” India-born Pichai said.

The new rules also mandate traceability of message origin and a provision for voluntary verification to establish user identities. “We respect the sovereignty of countries and the legislative processes. We work hard to adapt and function and where we need to push back, we do that. It is a balance we have struck around the world. India is a vibrant place where we are able to provide a lot of information across a lot of our products and so will operate with that framework,” Pichai added.

Pichai said regulation of technology companies by countries globally is an ‘evolving’ issue.

“It’s an evolving landscape. Tech is touching society, you know, in deeper and broader ways and the pace of change is fast. We fully expect governments, rightfully, to both scrutinize and adopt regulatorily,” Pichai said. “We see it as a natural part of societies figuring out how to govern and adapt themselves in this technology world. As a company, we are very clear about the values of free and open internet and its benefits”

As earlier announced by the company, it will invest in more companies in India by December. “We are looking at newer opportunities, too. So, I can definitely tell you before the end of this year, we will have more announcements,” Pichai said.

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