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Telangana to use facial recognition on voters in upcoming civic elections

The Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC), on January 18, announced that a facial recognition app would be used on a pilot basis at 10 polling stations in the Kompally Municipality in the upcoming civic elections in the state. The department claimed that impersonation remains an issue during polls, and a facial recognition system will bring […] ...

20 Jan 2020 5:25 pm
#NAMA: Recommendations for governing non-personal data; what data trusts are

The government should draw inspiration from the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, to oversee government access to non-personal data, and there must be a system of checks and balances, a speaker said at MediaNamas roundtable discussion on non-personal data, held in November 2019. A number of recommendations for governing non-personal data emerged. Most participants agreed […] ...

20 Jan 2020 5:20 pm
#NAMA: Why does the Indian government want to regulate non-personal data?

When it comes to data, the primary aim of the government is to earn money, and the only way they can earn is when they actually sell personal data in a non-personal way, said a speaker at MediaNama’s roundtable discussion on non-personal data. Speculating about the intentions of the committee of experts that is working […] ...

20 Jan 2020 4:50 pm
#NAMA: Considering intellectual property rights over non-personal data

If it falls under intellectual property, then the government can definitely claim right over such data sets, declared a lawyer at MediaNamas roundtable discussion on non-personal data held in November 2019, as participants deliberated if sharing non-personal data, with the government or with other private entities, would infringe on companies’ intellectual property rights. (Note: The […] ...

20 Jan 2020 3:55 pm
More than 2500 drone owners register through Digital Sky in 5 days

More than 2,500 drone owners have registered themselves in the last 5 days through the Ministry of Civil Aviations (MoCA) online platform, Digital Sky, The Hindu reported. The registrations were made after a public notice was issued by the ministry on January 13 making it mandatory for all drone owners in India to register themselves […] ...

20 Jan 2020 1:49 pm
Mobile Number Portability requests increased by 20.6% in November 2019: TRAI

With 4.91 million requests, mobile number porting requests increased by 20.6% in November 2019 compared to 4.07 million porting requests reported in October 2019. For November, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received from Maharashtra at 0.61 million, followed by UP-East at 0.42 million, and Gujarat at 0.3 million. […] ...

20 Jan 2020 1:39 pm
153 websites whitelisted for access in parts of Jammu and Kashmir

Days after the Jammu and Kashmir government said that it would allow 2G post paid mobile users to access only “white-listed” websites, the administration released a list of 153 websites that have been whitelisted in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This direction came into effect on January 18, and shall remain in force […] ...

20 Jan 2020 1:13 pm
Civil Aviation Ministry denies that sensitive personal data of drone operators is with a private company

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has denied a Quint report that suggested that sensitive personal data of drone owners was being collected by a private entity.According to the Quint report published on January 16, sensitive personal data about drone operators was “being collected not by the government but by a private entity whose identity or […] ...

18 Jan 2020 5:00 pm
Top 10 stories of the week: January 13th to 19th January 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNamas top 10 stories of the week ended 19th January 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. The beginnings of the Great Firewall of India? The unintended consequence of the Supreme Courts order on Internet Shutdowns in Kashmir where it put down accountability […] ...

18 Jan 2020 12:34 pm
Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal says Amazons $1 billion promised investment not a great favour to India

Following Jeff Bezos’ visit to India, Commerce minister Piyush Goyal said that Amazon is not doing India a “great favour” by promising to invest $1 billion into the country, as per NDTV. The Amazon CEO had announced the investment on January 15 and had said that it was meant to digitize micro and small businesses […] ...

18 Jan 2020 10:59 am
Sri Lanka lifts 8-month ban on drones

Sri Lanka’s civil aviation authority today lifted the 8-month ban on operation of drones, reported the Sri Lanka daily newspaper Daily News. Drones can be operated in conformity with the normal civil aviation regulations in force, the authority said. It’s unclear if this is also applicable to other pilotless aircraft such asUnmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned […] ...

17 Jan 2020 5:00 pm
Promoting encryption should be primary focus area of National Cyber Security Strategy 2020: Internet Freedom Foundation

TheNational Cyber Security Strategy 2020 (NCSS 2020) should promote encryption, protect decentralised internet, encourage robust data breach reporting mechanisms, prohibit the use of malware and reward the community of security researchers, the Internet Freedom Foundation wrote in its recommendations tothe National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). The NSCS, which has been tasked with formulating the NCSS […] ...

17 Jan 2020 4:20 pm
Bombay HC orders removal of YouTube video reviewing Parachute coconut oil, says free speech not absolute

The Bombay High Court, in a judgement (see below) on January 15, directed a YouTube creator to takedown a video reviewing Parachute coconut oil, since the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression is not an unfettered right, and while it is absolutely necessary to maintain and preserve the freedom of speech and expression,” […] ...

17 Jan 2020 2:08 pm
Nearly 75% of AGR dues would have served Indias digital mission: Airtel on SC dismissing telcos review plea

After the Supreme Court dismissed review petitions filed by telcos including Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, which sought relief from the apex courts earlier judgement on the payment of adjusted gross revenue (AGR), Bharti Airtel told MediaNama that the money now required to pay “punitive interest, penalty and interest on penalty which forms nearly 75% […] ...

17 Jan 2020 12:46 pm
YouTube changes to protect childrens privacy came into effect globally on January 6

YouTubes new measures to ensure the protection of childrens privacy came into effect globally from January 6, 2020. These steps were announced by CEO Susan Wojcicki in September 2019. The actions, that come after a series of complaints and a fine by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New York Attorney General, are aimed at […] ...

17 Jan 2020 11:59 am