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All Posts | May 14,2019

Joint Letter to DPIIT on Lack of Transparency in the Public Consultation Process to the E-Commerce Policy

On 23 Feb. 2018, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade ("DPIIT") released the 'Draft National E-Commerce Policy' ("the Draft Policy") which addressed a wide range of issues, such as - data protection and ownership, cross-border data flow, foreign investment, tax and intermediary liability. The public consultation process for commenting on the Draft Policy concluded on 29 March, 2019. Subsequently, the DPIIT has not made public the comments received, thereby not offering an opportunity for stakeholders to provide counter-comments.

Due to the wide impact of the Draft Policy, SFLC.in has submitted a joint letter to DPIIT requesting it to institute a more transparent and consultative public engagement process on the Draft  E-commerce Policy. The letter has been signed by prominent civil society orgs., academicians, experts etc. We have requested the DPIIT to publish all comments received as part of the public consultation on the draft policy and provide an opportunity to stakeholders to submit counter-comments, as is the norm in other  government consultations.

A copy of the joint letter to DPIIT is available here:

All Posts | Apr 01,2019

Our Comments to DPIIT on the Draft National E-commerce Policy

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“the DPIIT”) released the Draft National E-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”) with the objective to help stakeholders fully benefit from opportunities arising from the progressive digitization of the domestic digital economy and establish a level playing field for all stakeholders in the digital economy.

Though, titled as the ‘National E-Commerce Policy’ the document addresses a wide range of subjects, such as data protection and ownership, cross-border data flow, foreign investment, tax, competition issues, intellectual property and intermediary liability, among other things. These issues affect a number of stakeholders and industries in addition to e-commerce websites and their consumers.

Our comments, inter alia, address issues with the Draft Policy like - jurisdiction of the DPIIT, data ownership and sovereignty, data localisation, intermediary liability and law enforcement access to data. Our detailed comments are as follows: