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India had 50.3M credit cards and 840.6M debit cards in July 2019

In July 2019, the number of debit cards grew to 840.6 million, an addition of 3.7 million new cardholders over June. At the same time, a total of 50.3 million credit cards were in operation, with the addition of 0.62 million cards, according to the Reserve Bank of India. Between July 2018 and July 2019, […] ...

15 Oct 2019 3:07 pm
Total number of POS machines grew 30% YoY to 4.25 million in July 2019

The number of point of sale (POS) machines increased to 4.25 million in July 2019, up 30% from 3.27 million in July last year, according to data published by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Note that the RBI data only shows machine statistics from banks and does not include the number of devices from […] ...

15 Oct 2019 3:00 pm
What the telecom minister, TRAI chair, and telcos said about 5G: India Mobile Congress

Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for IT and Telecom, promised reforms in 5G spectrum pricing and said spectrum auctions will take place in this fiscal year, with the data to be announced soon. He said that the government was aware and alive to the challenges faced by the telecommunications industry. Prasad was speaking at the third […] ...

15 Oct 2019 2:47 pm
OTT content has to be regulated: BJP spokesperson Hitesh Jain at MIB seminar on regulation of online content

There is no doubt about the fact that [over the top] OTT has to be regulated, said advocate, and BJP spokesperson Hitesh Jain, on October 11, at the seminar on film certification and regulation of online content, held in Mumbai. He said that when content in films, TV, and newspapers is regulated, why should we […] ...

14 Oct 2019 6:13 pm
Amazon lets employees look at video collected by Cloud Cam: Report

Amazon workers in India and Romania review footage captured by Cloud Cam, one of Amazons several home safety camera options, according to a Bloomberg report. These videos are then used to train artificial intelligence algorithms to be able to distinguish between real threats and false alarms. The footage comes from employee testers and Cloud Cam […] ...

14 Oct 2019 5:18 pm
MediaNamas Public Policy Job Board: jobs at The Dialogue, IAMAI, inSIG and Dvara

MediaNamasPublic Policy job board, has job openings fromThe Dialogue, IAMAI, inSIG and Dvara E-Registry: Research Fellowat The Dialogue Manager-Policy atIAMAI Fellowship atinSIG Senior Developer FullStack atDvara E-Registry If youre hiring, please feel free to Post a Job opening here. Note: well have to approve the job post based on relevance. ...

14 Oct 2019 4:32 pm
Impossible for us to view everything on the Internet all the time: I&B Secy Amit Khare; Confidential consultation on content regulation

If the Ministry of Information and Broadcast makes a regulation for the certification of online streaming content which requires it to view everything on the internet all the time, it will be impossible for any government or organisation to do so, said Information and Broadcast Ministrys Secretary, Amit Khare, on October 11, at the seminar […] ...

12 Oct 2019 11:49 pm
Top 10 stories of the week: October 7th to 13th October 2019

In no particular order, here are MediaNamas top 10 stories of the week ended 13th October 2019 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. TikTok celebrity gets BJP ticket for upcoming Haryana elections The Bharatiya Janata Partys Haryana unit has nominated TikTok sensation Sonali Phogat as its candidate for the Adampur […] ...

12 Oct 2019 1:23 pm
Announcement: Roundtable on Intermediary Rules; Oct 23, 2019, Delhi #Ad

MediaNama invites you to apply to attend our round-table discussion on amendments to the Intermediary Rules, being held at the India Habitat Centre on October 23rd (Wed) 2019. You can apply here:bit.ly/il02delhi The Supreme Court of India has given the Indian government a time-frame to file an affidavit placing on record, the stage at which […] ...

11 Oct 2019 6:04 pm
Jio to charge 6 paise/min for calls made to other companies subscribers

Reliance Jio will now charge its customers 6 paise per minute for mobile voice calls made to other operators to recover the interconnect usage charge (IUC) of, The Economic Times reported. These charges will be effective from today only until the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India reduces these IUC charges to zero. What does this […] ...

10 Oct 2019 4:51 pm
Need to have Press Council like body for news portals: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister of Information and Broadcast Prakash Javadekar called for the formation of a regulatory body, an organisation like Press Council of India, for news portals. News portals are just like regular newspapers online. But, these news portals have no Press Council [of India]. There should be something like that for them [news portals] too, […] ...

10 Oct 2019 3:52 pm
Sri Lanka introduces final draft of Personal Data Protection Bill

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology (MDIIT) introduced the final draft of Personal Data Protection Bill on September 24. According to the official press release, the previously released Data Protection Framework (published on June 12), has been modified after consultations with stakeholders. The Bill will come into operation within 3 years […] ...

10 Oct 2019 9:52 am
End police partnership with Amazons Ring, 30+ digital rights organisations demand from US govt

More than 30 digital rights and civil liberties organisations have demanded that local, state, and federal officials end partnerships between Ring, Amazons camera-enabled doorbell company, and over 400 law enforcement agencies in the US. These partnerships pose a serious threat to civil rights and liberties, especially for black and brown communities already targeted and surveilled […] ...

9 Oct 2019 1:15 pm
USA, Japan sign Digital Trade Agreement, stand against data localisation

In their Digital Trade Agreement, USA and Japan have renewed their stance in favour of cross-border data flows and against data localisation. The trade agreement also allows for open access to government data. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Ambassador to the US Shinsuke J. Sugiyama signed the agreement on October 7, along with […] ...

9 Oct 2019 1:00 pm