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TikTok denies initiating legal action against govts app-ban decision

Short video app TikTok, which was recently banned in India, along with 58 other Chinese apps, has denied pursuing legal action against the Indian governments directive.There have been statements in the press concerning the possibility that TikTok might pursue legal action regarding the directive by the Government of India. We have no plans to pursue [] ...

2 Jul 2020 6:50 pm
#NAMA: Data Protection Bill needs to clearly differentiate between data fiduciaries and processors

There is absolute lack of clarity around what critical data could mean. When we are re-engineering our systems to comply with the current laws, how do we factor in the uncertainty and the lack of predictability on something like this? Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Salesforces country director for government affairs and public policy (India and South [] ...

2 Jul 2020 5:01 pm
Google, Apple remove majority of the banned Chinese apps, some still up on their app stores

Days after the Indian government decided to ban 59 apps developed by Chinese companies, a majority of them have now been taken down from Apple and Googles respective stores. A total of 54 apps were taken down from the Google Play Store, whileincluding Shareit, Kwai, and Club Factory. Four apps Likee, Bigo Live, Viva Video, [] ...

2 Jul 2020 2:40 pm
NCRB drops CCTV integration clause from updated facial recognition tender, eases bid qualification criteria for vendors

Under a revised request for proposal for Indias controversial Automated Facial Recognition System, the deployment of the surveillance tool will neither involve the installation of CCTV cameras nor will it connect to any existing CCTV camera anywhere. In turn, the new solution will now need to have interfacing ability to analyse data on images/visuals on [] ...

2 Jul 2020 11:35 am
Censor board inserts itself into online content regulation debate

Prasoon Joshi, the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, has entered the chat. In an opinion piece published in the Indian Express on Wednesday, he essentially argued that online content creators need to toe the line, inserting himself and the censor board into the online content regulation debate. Some will misconstrue and say [] ...

1 Jul 2020 6:39 pm
#NAMA: PDP Bill needs to address issues around adequacy

As far as the big MNCs are concerned, the [compliance] burden is only a delta on top of what GDPRs is because fortunately we had to get ready for the GDPR, S. Chandrasekhar, group director of policy and government affairs at Microsoft India, said, continuing, We are only concerned now more about the provisions that [] ...

1 Jul 2020 5:52 pm
Many Indian users unable to access search engine DuckDuckGo; possibly blocked

DuckDuckGo, a search engine that does not profile its users, appears to have been blocked in India. Users started reporting that they were unable to access the site on Wednesday. One user saw a message indicating that the block was ordered by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). This is the same message that appears when [] ...

1 Jul 2020 4:17 pm
#NAMA: How the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 would impact the telecom industry

The telecom sector is very heavily regulated. We are told exactly what we have to store, how much we have to store, for how long we have to store, said Anjali Hans, Senior Vice President of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs at Vodafone Idea Limited, at MediaNamas discussion on the impact of the Personal Data Protection [] ...

1 Jul 2020 12:56 pm
#NAMA: DSCIs Rama Vedashree on how the Personal Data Protection Bill affects cloud service providers

For any cloud service provider, data flows and predictability of a regulation, in terms of transferring, storing, and retaining data, along with the redundancy that they need to build in for the resilience, is important. But, there are a lot of ambiguous provisions in the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, which would worry any cloud [] ...

1 Jul 2020 12:53 pm
#NAMA: Issues with inferred data and non-personal data in the PDP Bill 2019

From a customer perspective, the entire purpose of data protection will be defeated if inferred data is not regulated. Because thats literally the biggest tool in the hands of technology companies, and thats where most privacy violations are likely to happen, Nikhil Narendran, partner at Trilegal, said. Narendran was speaking at our discussion on June [] ...

1 Jul 2020 12:41 pm
FCC designates Huawei, ZTE as threats to US national security

The Federal Communications Commission of the United States on Tuesday designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. The FCC said that telecom operators using the USs Universal Service Fund for bringing connectivity to rural areas will not be allowed to use public funds to buy equipment from the two companies. This is a part [] ...

1 Jul 2020 11:50 am
Traders body calls for investigation into Chinese investments in Indian start-ups

Traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start investigating Chinese investments in Indian start-ups to ensure that the collected data is not transferred to the Chinese investors and that there is no threat to national security. It has also called for an investigation of Chinese companies with [] ...

1 Jul 2020 11:27 am
Swiggys digital wallet, Swiggy Money, can be used to pay for food orders placed on the app

Online food delivery platform Swiggys digital wallet Swiggy Money can now be used to store money and pay for food delivery orders placed using the app. The service was launched in partnership with ICICI Bank. Swiggy had launched its wallet service last year in December, although at that time, users could only receive [] ...

1 Jul 2020 11:09 am
MediaNamas Public Policy Job Board: jobs at Facebook and IT for Change

MediaNamasPublic Policy job board, has job openings from Facebook and IT for Change: Public Policy Manager, India & South Asia at Facebook Policy Researcher at IT for Change If youre hiring, please feel free to Post a Job opening here. Note: well have to approve the job post based on relevance. ...

1 Jul 2020 10:18 am
Aarogya Setu faces unidentified issues; new privacy policy, terms of use might be released in a couple of days

A number of users were automatically logged out of the Aarogya Setu app and asked to re-register with all their personal information on the apps 90th day (June 30). Those who tried to re-register also faced issues. Few users got the message Service Unavailable while others got the message Unable to Evaluate your Risk Status. [] ...

1 Jul 2020 12:36 am
MakeMyTrip finally goes public with its involvement in Aarogya Setu

By Aditi Agrawal and Trisha Jalan Deep Kalra, CEO of MakeMyTrip, finally acknowledged the involvement of the company, not individual developers in their personal capacities, in the development of Indias contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu during the earnings call for Q4FY20 on June 26. [O]ur technology team has also contributed immensely to help the government [] ...

30 Jun 2020 8:08 pm
Indias app ban decision suspects of violating WTO rules: Chinese Embassy

The Chinese Embassy in India, on Tuesday, alleged that Indias decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat, Cam Scanner, and UC Browser, abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules. It is also against the general trend of international trade and e-commerce activities, and is not conducive to consumer interests [] ...

30 Jun 2020 8:01 pm
Chinese apps ban: India-China cyber face-off

After the Indian governments decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including the likes of TikTok, Shein, UC Browser, and WeChat, we put together a discussion where lawyers, public policy folks, and India-China experts discussed what this development means for bilateral relations between the two countries, and also the larger geo-political context.We discussed how exactly a [] ...

30 Jun 2020 4:25 pm
Microsoft removed ads from Facebook and Instagram starting May: Report

Microsoft suspended advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the US in May until August, and recently expanded that to a global suspension, reported Axios. Unlike other advertisers who have joined an ad boycott against Facebook, Microsoft was concerned about where its ads will appear. According to Microsoft, examples of inappropriate content includes hate speech, pornography, [] ...

30 Jun 2020 2:15 pm
YouTube bans 6 white supremacists channels; Reddit removes 2,000 channels for violating content policy

YouTube today banned at least six white supremacist channels, while Reddit removed 2,000 subreddits, including r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse, after a change in their content policy. What YouTube banned: Six white supremacist channels from the US, including those run by far right pseudo-science Stefan Molyneux, white supremacist outlet American Renaissance and affiliated channel AmRenPodcasts and white [] ...

30 Jun 2020 2:07 pm
Unlock 2.0: Lockdown in containment zones extended until July 31

Lockdown will continue to remain in force in containment zones until July 31 with strict perimeter control and enforcement of containment measures, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in its guidelines released today. However, night curfew on movement of individuals except for essential activities will remain in effect from 9 pm to 5 am across [] ...

29 Jun 2020 10:39 pm
MEITY blocks access to 59 apps including TikTok, Shein, UC Browser over national security issues

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology late Monday night decided to block 59 apps, mostly from Chinese companies including TikTok, Shein, Clash of Kings, Shareit based on information that these apps areengaged in activities which [are] prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. [] ...

29 Jun 2020 9:35 pm
RBI directs banks and NBFCs to increase transparency and disclosures over digital lending platforms

We missed this earlier: In a June 24 notification, the Reserve Bank of India warned banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies working with digital lending platforms over non-transparency, and violation of extant guidelines on outsourcing of financial services and Fair Practices Code. It issued a set of guidelines to banks and NBFCs that work with digital [] ...

29 Jun 2020 12:03 pm
DPIIT puts Tamil Nadu Bharatnet tender on hold after bid rigging allegation

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade on Friday put Tamil Nadus implementation of Bharatnet on hold after receiving bid rigging complaints. It has been considered that the bidding conditions incorporated by TANFINET [Tamil Nadus Bharatnet implementation agency] in the bidding documents are restrictive and discriminatory in nature, the DPIIT said in a [] ...

29 Jun 2020 11:59 am
Twitter is improving how it labels misleading 5G and coronavirus content, after mislabelling unrelated tweets

Twitter said that it is working towards improving the process of how it labels tweets containing incorrect information about 5G or the coronavirus after it incorrectly labelled unrelated tweets with a COVID-19 fact check. In the last few weeks, you may have seen Tweets with labels linking to additional info about COVID-19. Not all of [] ...

29 Jun 2020 11:35 am
Facebook will label hateful content by politicians; MediaNamas take

Facebook will finally start labelling content from politicians that, despite being newsworthy, violates it content policies, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday in a Facebook Live session. Content that may lead to violence or suppresses voting, even it is by politicians, will be removed by Facebook. This announcement came almost a month after Twitter and [] ...

29 Jun 2020 11:16 am