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Interview: STT GDC India SVP of Digital & IT on India’s data center market

The data center market is a key part of the internet that handles the behind-the-scenes heavylifting of much of the internet today. The data center market in India is growing as more and more people get online and get wired internet connections. We spoke to Milind Kulkarni, Senior Vice President of Digital & IT at ST Telemedia Global Datacentres India, about how the industry is changing. STT GDC India, which claims a 33% revenue market share in the data center colocation business, was previously...
Tags: Travel, Europe, News, India, US, Bill, Mumbai, Cagr, Chennai, PDP, Tata Communications, CDNs, STT GDC India SVP of Digital, Milind Kulkarni, ST Telemedia Global Datacentres India, STT GDC India

Bill allowing direct overseas listing by Indian companies passed in Lok Sabha

Indian companies could soon be allowed to list abroad on foreign stock exchanges, before having to do so on Indian ones. The Lok Sabha on Sunday passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 amending the Companies Act, 2013 with the aim of promoting the ease of doing business in India. The Act is expected to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon session of the Parliament. The context: Currently, Indian companies looking to raise money in international markets cannot do so unless ...
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Parliament Watch: China and its apps dominate technology discussion in Week 1

China, China and more China. Our north-eastern neighbour was on the minds of everyone in Parliament this week. Discussions on technological matters were dominated by China: app bans, Chinese surveillance, concerns about Huawei and ZTE and so on. In all that hullaballoo, one member — Congress’s leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury — even called for India to have its own internet firewall as protection against China! Meanwhile, the government made some interesting, albeit confusing move...
Tags: Travel, Health, Facebook, Uber, News, Congress, China, India, Digital, BJP, Social Security, Union, Bill, Parliament, Huawei, Telemedicine

‘National Cyber Security Strategy awaiting cabinet nod, will hopefully be released in October’: Rajesh Pant

India’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 is ready and is now just awaiting cabinet approval, National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt Gen. (Dr) Rajesh Pant said on Friday. He hopes that the Strategy — which will “cater to the entire [cybersecurity] ecosystem” and discusses “how to strengthen existing systems” — will be released in October, the month that is globally considered the cybersecurity awareness month. The “inter-ministerial part”, where inputs are sought from different ministries an...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, US, Cybersecurity, Cyber Security, Kaspersky, National Security Council, Bill, Parliament, APAC, Indian Express, ASSOCHAM, Singapore India, Rajesh Pant

India’s non-personal data report could harm Indians, isolate Indian cos: Mozilla

Some of the “blunt strategies” proposed in India’s Non-Personal Data Report could harm Indians, isolate Indian companies from their global counterparts, and lead other countries to “retaliate” with similar “data nationalisation” measures that would be counterproductive to India’ interests”, Mozilla said in its comments to the non-personal data report by MEITY’s committee of experts. While the report focuses on enabling access to data for the Indian government and businesses, “ensuring the privac...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Mozilla, Data Protection, Bill, Committee, Bsa, MeitY, Non-personal Data, Non Personal Data Consultation

Mandatory sharing of non-personal data will undermine innovation: BSA on non-personal data report

The Non-Personal Data Governance Framework‘s recommendation for a new law, new regulator and a compulsory data sharing architecture is “premature” and has “little global precedent for the regulation of NPD [non-personal data]”, BSA, the software alliance, wrote in its submission to the committee of experts. The key problem with the framework is that it is “overly broad” and undermines innovation. “Forced data sharing policies will undermine innovation and investment, and risk stifling Indian bus...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Innovation, WTO, Bill, Salesforce, Wipo, Bsa, Don, NPD, Data Protection Authority, Data Localisation, Personal Data Protection Bill, Cross Border Data Flows

Ease the restrictions on cross-border transfer of personal data: DSCI, CIPL on Personal Data Protection Bill

India’s Personal Data Protection Bill should ease the restrictions on transfer of sensitive and critical personal data outside India so that businesses in India do not suffer, the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and US-based Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) proposed in their on cross-border data flows between India and the US. The report instead offered “less trade-restrictive” alternatives to the current provisions of the Bill. These include specific bilateral agreements ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, India, US, Canada, Apec, Bill, DPA, PDP, US Federal Trade Commission FTC, Data Protection Authority, EU US Privacy Shield, NASSCOM, DSCI, Rama Vedashree

‘Allow law enforcement agencies to only decrypt device data’: NASSCOM-DSCI report

NASSCOM and DSCI (Data Security Council of India) have proposed that law enforcement agencies should only be allowed to decrypt data on the device that is already with them and not remotely access/decrypt other encrypted information. This will, their new argues, form the basis for “formulating a strong legal mechanism that could restrict LEA to access information only in legitimate cases”. The paper believes that this will satisfy the needs of the law enforcement agencies and address concerns ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, India, US, Eu, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Pegasus, Bill, Trai, Review Committee, PDP, USA AUSTRALIA, Traceability, NASSCOM

India’s new social security code proposes fund for gig workers: Report

In a first, the Indian government’s new draft social security code will recognise gig economy workers, and will mandate gig economy companies to contribute to a social security fund for gig and platform workers, reported Business Standard. Approved by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, the code will come up in the Parliament’s monsoon session starting next week. Gig workers will also be eligible to insurance benefits provided by state-run Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. According to the draft...
Tags: Travel, Lyft, Uber, News, California, India, US, New York Times, Social Security, Bill, Parliament, Zomato, Cabinet, Ola, Gig Economy, Swiggy

#NAMA: Assessing the concepts introduced in the non-personal data report

A number of speakers at MediaNama’s discussion on the Governance of Non-Personal Data, held on August 6, pointed out that the Non-Personal Data Report does not really establish why there is an attempt to regulate non-personal data, and what benefits would arise from it. The report only “assumes” that “data has this intrinsic value” that can be of use to Indians, to the government, to the private sector, and to the individuals. However, that intrinsic value is never explained in the report, a num...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Smart City, News, India, Canada, Ibm, Bill, Bangalore, Trai, NPD, PDP, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Medianama, Nama, Taneja

Summary: Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA)

NITI Aayog has released a framework on Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) which it calls a “consent-based data-sharing framework to accelerate financial inclusion”. The apparent aim of this framework is to allow people to access their data and securely share it with third party institutions. The framework essentially proposes the implementation of an RBI Account Aggregator system in all sectors as a way to manage users’ consent. Account Aggregators are basically consent managers...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Abc, India, Narendra Modi, Bill, UPI, Better, Trai, Nach, SEBI, Chandra, DEPA, Aadhaar, Shetty

‘Break data silos and monopolies, enable consent managers,’ NITI Aayog proposes in new draft data policy

NITI Aayog’s newly released draft Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) seeks to break data silos and monopolies so that fintech and healthtech companies can compete on basis of design, analytics and value creation rather than data access. Its secondary aim is to help individuals and small businesses access their data and to securely share it with third party institutions. The latter will be implemented through consent managers — private entities that piggyback on public digital in...
Tags: Travel, News, California, India, Bill, UPI, Bangalore, Infosys, Trai, TCP, State Bank of India, Chandra, DEPA, Gayatri, Aadhaar, Shetty

‘Sharing personal data with insurance, pharma companies violates Data Protection Bill’: CPI(M) on Health Data Management Policy

Making sensitive personal data of all citizens available to private insurance and pharmaceutical companies under the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) is a “serious breach of protection of personal data”, Sitaram Yechury, the General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yechury further urged the prime minister to postpone the finalisation of the NDHM and the Health Data Management Policy (HDMP), until after the Joint Parliamentary Committee has...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Bill, Parliament, Communist Party of India Marxist, Sitaram Yechury, Yechury, Joint Parliamentary Committee, National Digital Health Mission, National Digital Health Mission NDHM, NDHM, Narendra Modi Yechury, Personal Data Protection Bill The Deccan Herald, HDMP

‘Privacy is a fundamental right that cannot be traded for other rights,’ says TMC MP Mahua Moitra

“The general mood on the PDP [Personal Data Protection] Bill is that this [privacy] is something we are giving you as a favour. This government is very far removed from the basic idea that privacy is something that is fundamental to your being. They are treating privacy as a luxury,” Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra said during a conversation with journalist Faye D’Souza on Monday. She was speaking at an event organised by the Internet Freedom Foundation to mark the third anniversary of the la...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, UK, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, India, BJP, US, Amit Shah, Vodafone, Bill, Parliament, Kashmir, Airtel

Unpacking US law and practice on extraterritorial mass surveillance in light of Schrems II 

By Arindrajit Basu On July 16, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the US-EU Privacy Shield that facilitated cross-border data transfers between the two jurisdictions. The decision, colloquially called Schrems II, was based partly on the absence of a clear legal framework in the USA which adequately protects the personal data of non-US citizens from surveillance by US intelligence agencies. In December 2019, I had written a paper for the NUJS Law Review titled ’, part ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, UK, News, Privacy, Congress, Snowden, Nsa, India, US, Barack Obama, Eu, Reagan, European Union, Surveillance

Kalam Centre talks about data localisation, algorithmic accountability before JPC on Data Protection Bill

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre once again argued in favour of data localisation for purposes of law enforcement and financial purposes, MediaNama has learnt. The founder CEO of the Kalam Centre, Srijan Pal Singh, spent a significant amount of the three-hour meeting talking about artificial intelligence (AI) as he deposed before the committee for the second time. The next meeting will be held on August 26. It is understood that the Kalam Centre talked about how localised data would propel economic ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, US, Bill, Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Medianama, Big Tech, JPC, Algorithmic Accountability, Rajendra Kumar, Data Localisation, Personal Data Protection Bill, Law Ministry, Joint Parliamentary Committee

#NAMA: Evaluating intellectual property rights over non-personal data

The report on non-personal data would lead to endless litigation over whether or not individual databases fulfill the criteria of originality and are thus protectable by the copyright law, a speaker at MediaNama’s discussion on the Governance of Non-Personal Data, held on August 7, cautioned. Similarly, the speaker explained that if raw data meets the threshold of originality, which would again be determined by courts on an individual basis, it would be protected by copyright law. The discussion...
Tags: Travel, Spotify, UK, News, Supreme Court, India, High Court, Copyright, Competition, WTO, Intellectual Property, Bill, University of Cambridge, Delhi High Court, NPD, PDP

Instagram starts verifying suspicious accounts using government and other IDs

Instagram will now ask users engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour to start verifying their identities using government and other forms of IDs, the platform announced on August 13. If the account engages in coordinated inauthentic behaviour, has signs of automation, or has most of their followers in a different country from their own, they will be asked to show government IDs such as tax identification card, passport, birth certificate, etc., or other records such as school ID, electrici...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, India, US, Bill, Facebook Instagram, Jabalpur, Rubin, Madras High Court, Aadhaar, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Antony Clement Rubin, Janani Krishnamurthy

Children’s age of consent, anonymisation dominate Parliamentary Committee’s discussion of Data Protection Bill

Children’s privacy rights and how anonymisation can preserve privacy rights reigned supreme during the sixth sitting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill held on Monday afternoon, sources have told MediaNama. The committee, where members heard representations from L&L Law Firm (erstwhile Luthra and Luthra Law) and Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India (FDPPI) in a two-and-a-half hour meeting, will next convene on August 11 at noon. Need for gra...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Bill, Committee, Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Committee, Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha, ASSOCHAM, Chaudhary, Jairam Ramesh, JPC, Luthra, Luthra Law, Personal Data Protection Bill

Deadline for submissions to non-personal data report extended to September 13

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) the deadline for submission of comments on the Committee of Experts’ Report on governance of Non-Personal Data to September 13, 2020 (hat tip: Arun P.S.). MEITY had formed the committee headed by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan on September 13, 2019 to focus on non-personal data, and to come up with a related data governance framework. Earlier, the deadline was August 13. In the report, which was released on July 12, 2020, t...
Tags: Travel, News, Bill, Committee, Infosys, NPD, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Arun, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Ministry of women and child development, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Personal Data Protection Bill, Non-personal Data, Non Personal Data Authority

Agenda and Reading List: Discussions on Non Personal Data; Aug 6 and 7 #Ad

We are looking forward to our online sessions on the Governance of Non Personal Data, being held in partnership with the Centre for Communication Governance (NLU-Delhi). We are hosting these sessions on August 6 and 7, a week before the August 13 deadline for submitting comments to the government on the draft Non Personal Data Governance Framework. We are doing this across two days, because we felt that, given the details in the report, it required a more in-depth discussion (and debate), and a ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Un, Bill, Committee, Infosys, NPD, Chatham House, FTI, IPR, DSCI, Sean McDonald, Neil Lawrence, Sameer Nigam

Facebook to depose before Committee on Data Protection Bill on Aug 10

Facebook is scheduled to depose before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill during the Committee’s next meeting on August 10, as per the Lok Sabha website. The social media giant will be accompanied by representatives from the law firm Luthra & Luthra, industry body ASSOCHAM, and a Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre. We had earlier reported that the meeting would take place on August 10. Screenshot from the Lok Sabha website. During the previous meeting on July 27, t...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Privacy, Npr, Bill, Committee, Lok Sabha, ASSOCHAM, Abdul Kalam, Vivek Joshi, NCRB, Luthra Luthra, Personal Data Protection Bill, Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, Joint Parliamentary

Parliamentary Committee focusses on exemptions for govt agency under Data Protection Bill

After a four-month-long pandemic-induced hiatus and a false start, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill convened on July 27. The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, that saw attendance from 18 of the 30 MPs, largely focussed on Sections 35 and 36 of the Bill, the ones that allow the central government to exempt any government agency from any or all provisions of the Bill, four sources, on the condition of anonymity, who were present at the meeting told MediaNama. The n...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Congress, India, BJP, US, European Union, Surveillance, European Commission, Npr, Bill, Committee, Bengaluru, Shiv Sena, Rajya Sabha

Former Rep. Esteban Torres receives UCLA Medal

Former Rep. Esteban Torres, a one-time welder in an auto plant who became U.S. ambassador to UNESCO and director of the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs before serving eight terms in the House, has received the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor. Torres was also a union organizer, artist and advocate for diversity in media as chair of the National Latino Media Council. “It was my privilege to present the UCLA Medal to former Congressman Esteban Torres today,” UCLA Chancellor Gene B...
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Five key concerns with India’s Non-Personal Data Report

By Nikhil Sud An expert committee established last year by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) recently released a report on the “Non-Personal Data Governance Framework” for the country. The report is a praiseworthy step toward leveraging data to advance the country’s goals. However, the report suffers key (often related) shortcomings — five of which are discussed below — that, in sum, risk eviscerating competition and innovation in India to the detriment of Indian con...
Tags: Travel, News, India, US, Competition, Antitrust, Bill, Committee, Views, NPD, PDP, CCI, Competition Commission of India, Competition Commission of India CCI, Nikhil Sud, Non-personal Data

Parliamentary Committee’s meeting on Data Protection Bill postponed

The meeting of Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, has been postponed, its member Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh tweeted. The Lok Sabha Secretariat confirmed to MediaNama that a new date has not been set yet, but the agenda will remain the same. Representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, UIDAI, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Narcotics Control Board (NCB) ...
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Schools release pandemic reopening plans, candidates report campaign war chests, churches get millions in federal PPP grants, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Social distancing at a Hawaii school PC:Wheeler Elementary School Most Hawaii public schools will blend in-person and distance learning when classes resume. Principals selected different learning models in consultation with their staff and communities, campus by campus, for the new academic year. Star-Advertiser.‘Learning models’ selected: Big Island schools choose plans for handling instruction when classes resume. With less than a month before students return to class, Hawaii’s public s...
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Summary: Report on Non-Personal Data Framework released by MEITY’s Committee of Experts

The Committee of Experts on Non-Personal Data Governance Framework has recommended that a separate legislation be formulated to govern non-personal data, and a new regulatory body, while also addressing a long standing question: what exactly is Non Personal Data? In its draft report, released on July 12, 2020, the committee has defined non-personal data as any data that is not related to an identified or identifiable natural person, or is personal data that has been anonymised. It has said that ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Personal Data, Bill, Committee, Recommendation, Manipur, Indian State, DPA, NPD, IETF, PDP, Data Protection Authority, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, MeitY

Halt the use of facial recognition technology, prohibit its purchase using federal funds: 30 rights groups to the US Congress

The use of facial recognition technology should be halted, and the US’ federal funds should not be used to purchase such “discriminatory” technologies, over 30 rights organisations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and S.T.O.P., wrote in a letter to the US Congress last week. “As thousands gather to demonstrate and demand justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people who have been killed by police, it is time Co...
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Spike in COVID-19 cases, holes in testing protocol threaten Hawaii reopening plans, doctor calls for halt to quarantine lifting, governor to meet with mayors, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, Department of Health Experts say Hawaii on track to see more spikes in COVID-19 cases. With COVID-19 cases spiking and mask wearing mixed, some experts are concerned that the new number of new infections will continue to swell. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii’s CVS trans-pacific testing partnership leaves holes for 72-hour window. To help with testing travelers, the state has partnered with CVS, but there may be some issues with the program, including a requirement that w...
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