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Lawyer petitions Supreme Court to quash ‘undemocratic’ Aadhaar ordinance

Reepak Kansal, a lawyer, filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking that the Aadhar ordinance be quashed. Kansal said that the Centre promulgated and approved the Aadhaar and Others Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 in a hurry, to overturn the Supreme Court’s verdict on Aadhaar, reported Business... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Government, Ordinance, UIDAI, Kansal, Aaadhaar, Reepak Kansal

A finger in too many pies – India’s draft ecommerce policy barely scrapes the surface of any of the issues it raises

By Divij Joshi The Draft National E-Commerce Policy is an ambitious document – in the course of 42 pages, it aims to guide not only the future of India’s e-commerce sector, but the entirety of its digital economy. Unfortunately, this ambition is also its downfall – the policy’s articulation of... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, MeitY, Divij Joshi

Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News

Updated: Swiggy, Zomato to respond to Uttarakhand’s food dept for serving meat in Haridwar’s restricted areas; our take

20 March: Swiggy and Zomato’s statements to MediaNama said: “At Swiggy we have deep regard for the city we operate in and complete respect for the sentiments of its people. We deeply regret the lapse in delivering non-veg food in the restricted area. We addressed this immediately and... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Regulation, Zomato, Online Food Ordering, Swiggy, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, Medianama, Online Food Delivery, Swiggy Zomato

Swiggy, Zomato to respond to Uttarakhand’s food dept for serving meat in Haridwar’s restricted areas; our take

Swiggy and Zomato have been served with notices from the Uttarakhand Food Department’s Food Safety section for delivering meat/non-vegetarian food in some parts of the city where it is restricted, reports the Times of India. According to the report, these notices were served following unspecified... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Regulation, Zomato, Online Food Ordering, Swiggy, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, Online Food Delivery, Swiggy Zomato, Uttarakhand Food Department 's Food Safety, Times of India According

Proposed Intermediary Liability Rules threat to privacy and free speech, global coalition tells MeitY

“We respectfully call on you to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules in December. As published, the draft amendments would erode digital security and undermine the exercise of human rights globally.” A global coalition of 31 civil... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, MeitY

ECI to talk to Google, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok India heads about taking down offending content

The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked to meet with Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok’s India heads to talk about taking down content which violates its guidelines during the upcoming elections, reports the Indian Express. It is interesting that the EC has now... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Content, EC, Google Facebook Twitter, Content Moderation

Seven arrested in Rajkot for playing PUBG: report

The police of Rajkot city in Gujarat has arrested and jailed seven people for playing PUBG, a mobile game which has been banned in several areas in Gujarat, including Rajkot, for being harmful to children. Those arrested, however, were not children but adults aged between 19-26 years. An unlawful... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Gaming, News, Internet, Government, India, Gujarat, PUBG, Section 144

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ Bulk Data sharing policy allows it to sell Drivers License and Vehicle registration data

The Ministry of Road Transport (MoRTH) and Highways has released a Bulk Data Sharing Policy & Procedure in which it states who can buy bulk vehicle data of Registration Certificates (RCs) and Driving Licenses (DLs), what it can do with it and how much the data will cost. MoRTH says that it... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Data, Policy, Regulation, Transport, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Road Transport MoRTH

The unionisation of ecommerce: Indian e-services cos form trade association TECI

Snapdeal, ShopClues, UrbanClap, Shop101, Flyrobe, Fynd, Mamaearth, Superbottoms and Azah have founded a trade association called The E-Commerce Council of India (TECI), reports the Economic Times. TECI will look at policy advocacy, best practices when it comes to data privacy, logistics and... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Lobby, SnapDeal,, TECI, Azah, E Commerce Council of India TECI, Economic Times TECI

Delhi HC asks for AYUSH ministry’s response in Aadhaar biometric attendance petition

The Delhi HC has sought the response of the Ministry of AYUSH in a petition challenging its decision to use Aadhaar-based attendance in Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Unani, Siddha colleges, reports LiveLaw. The petition was filed by Uttaranchal Ayurvedic College via attorney Amit Sahni. Sahni’s... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Government, India, Biometrics, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, Delhi HC, Aadhaar linkage, Ministry of AYUSH, Ayurvedic Homeopathic Unani Siddha, Uttaranchal Ayurvedic College, Amit Sahni Sahni

NAMA Digest: Developments at Zoho, Netflix, Facebook, OLX and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem. Developments in the digital ecosystem NPCI has issued 64 million RuPay global cards on the Discover Network, reports the Economic Times. The cards are accepted by 41 million merchants across... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Smart City, News, Government, India, Policy, Netflix, Regulation, Airbnb, Flipkart, Paytm

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia has told internet providers to enforce a block against encrypted email provider ProtonMail, the company’s chief has confirmed. The block was ordered by the state Federal Security Service, formerly the KGB, according to a Russian-language blog, which obtained and published the order after the agency accused the company and several other email providers of facilitating bomb threats. Several anonymous bomb threats were sent by email to police in late January, forcing several schools and g...
Tags: Travel, Security, Facebook, Twitter, Email, Privacy, Government, Russia, Encryption, Moscow, Websites, Kremlin, Yen, Protonmail, KGB, Federal Security Service

AIDSO protests the failure of biometric authentication system and student detention in colleges

In a protest held today, the All India Democratic Students’ Organisation in Hyderabad, has said that a faulty biometric system and the use of Aadhaar for attendance has led to 21,841 students getting detained. These students were unable to take their exams and their careers were in jeopardy, the... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Education, Internet, Government, India, Biometrics, Hyderabad, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Aadhaar, All India Democratic Students ' Organisation

Gujarat bans PUBG in 5 districts citing violent behaviour among kids: reports

Multiple areas in Gujarat have now banned mobile games PUBG and Momo following notifications from the state home ministry, according to multiple reports. The ban was first issued placed in Rajkot following an order by Rajkot Police Commissioner on March 8, per Times of India, and will be... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Gaming, Games, News, Internet, Government, India, Regulation, Child protection, Applications, Gujarat, Blocking, Times of India, Momo, Online Gaming

Ecommerce policy: DPIIT extends the comments deadline to 29 March

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has extended the deadline for sending comments on India’s ecommerce policy to 29 March 2019, as opposed to the previous deadline of 9 March, it said in a notification. Stakeholders and the public can send comments to... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Regulation, DIPP, DPIIT

BJP site offline 4 days after being hacked

Four days after being hacked, the Bhartiya Janata Party’s ( website remains down, with a message that says that the site is under maintenance and “will be back online shortly”. The BJP hasn’t made a statement on the hack as yet. The site was hacked on the morning... ...
Tags: Travel, Security, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Bhartiya Janata Party

IT Parliamentary panel asks Facebook to do more to fight misinformation

The Indian parliamentary committee on IT has asked Facebook to do more to curb fake news on its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, reports Reuters. The committee told Facebook that it wasn’t doing enough to curb misinformation, and questioned the steps it has taken to do this so... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, Government, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Regulation, Reuters, Fake News, MeitY, Lok Sabha Elections 2019

SC asks the Centre to come up with a Cryptocurrency Policy in four weeks

We missed this earlier. On Monday last week, the Supreme Court has passed an order presenting the Central Government with a “last opportunity” to come out with regulation of cryptocurrency policy in India. After these 4 weeks, the SC will take a decision on the RBI’s... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Regulation, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Sc, Digital Payments, Bitcon

Nasscom and CII request an extension for the Ecommerce Policy: report

The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) may extend the deadline for receiving comments on the draft National E-commerce Policy from March 9 to March 31, after industry associations such as Nasscom and the Confederation of Indian Industry sought the extension, reports... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, CII, Confederation of Indian Industry, NASSCOM

PIL in Karnataka HC seeks to regulate streaming platforms under Cinematograph Act

The Karnataka High Court has issued notice in a petition seeking that video streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, YouTube and AltBalaji, be brought under the Cinematograph Act and obtain certificates from the Censor Board before streaming content. The petition, available on and... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Youtube, Government, Policy, Netflix, Regulation, Streaming, Karnataka, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix Amazon, Central Board of Film Certification, Karnataka High Court, Hotstar, Censor Board

Internet resumed after a week-long shutdown in Itanagar: reports

The internet was restored in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh’s capital, on 1st March, 7 days after it was suspended statewide on February 22. It is unclear if the internet has been restored in the rest of the state. MediaNama has reached out to government officials in Arunachal Pradesh, and will... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, Data, Policy, Telecom, Arunachal Pradesh, Medianama, Itanagar, Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh, Internet Shutdown, Internet shutdowns

Aadhaar ordinance approved, can now be used for private authentication

#Cabinet approves promulgation of #Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019; amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Bill passed by the Lok Sabha on 4th January [email protected]_MeitY @OfficeOfRSP @rsprasad — Sitanshu Kar (@DG_PIB) February 28, 2019 The Union Cabinet has... ...
Tags: Travel, Legal, News, Privacy, Government, Policy, Union Cabinet, Lok Sabha, Aadhaar, Digital Payments, UIDAI, Aadhaar eKYC, Sitanshu Kar

NAMA Digest: Developments at Reliance, Grofers, Ola, Flipkart and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem. Funding Digital risk management and cybersecurity platform CloudSEK has raised Rs 3.5 crore from IDFC Parampara, per a company statement. Grofers has raised $60 million from Softbank Vision... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Facebook, News, Privacy, Internet, Investments, Government, Walmart, Whatsapp, Policy, Regulation, Content, Flipkart, Ola

30 lakh voters deleted from AP and Telangana electoral rolls: report

Nearly 55 lakh voters in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were disenfranchised as a result of linking Voter IDs and Aadhaar, reports The Wire. The report states that only 30 lakh voters were deleted during the Aadhaar-Voter ID linkage process under NERPAP. However, it does not specify how the remaining... ...
Tags: Travel, Elections, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Ap, Biometrics, Eci, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Election Commission, Aadhaar, voter ID, UIDAI, Aadhaar linkage

Twitter to hire India head and liaison officer for elections in India

Twitter will hire a liaison officer with the Election Commission of India, reports Reuters. This follows a government IT Committee meeting, which gave Twitter 10 days to respond to its questions. Twitter’s global head of public policy Colin Crowell, who represented the company at the committee,... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Reuters, Election Commission, Colin Crowell, Election Commission of India, IT Committee, Election Integrity

NAMA Digest: Developments at Paytm, PhonePe, Zomato, Oyo, Amazon, IndiaTech and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem.  Developments in the digital ecosystem The Telangana Government has launched a digital networking platform called Telangana State GlobalLinker, in partnership with GlobalLinker. This platform... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Ecommerce, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, Walmart, Policy, Electric Vehicles, Bmw, Zomato, Flipkart, Inmobi, Paytm

DoT official suspended for flagging ‘incendiary’ YouTube video; YouTube reportedly takes it down

Ashish Joshi, the Controller of Communications Accounts for Uttarakhand State, Department of Telecom, has been suspended for flagging a video posted by Delhi MLA Kapil Mishra as ‘incendiary’, reports the Indian Express. Joshi flagged the video to Delhi Commissioner Police, but it is unclear if he... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Freedom Of Speech, Delhi, Joshi, Freedom Of Expression, Department of Telecom, Kapil Mishra, Ashish Joshi

India’s Draft Ecommerce Policy is really a Digital Economy Policy, impacts the whole ecosystem

Over the weekend, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade released India’s Draft Ecommerce Policy (pdf). The DPIIT has invited comments from stakeholders and the public, which can be sent to [email protected] till 9 March 2019. At this point, it is unclear if the... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Privacy, Government, India, Data, Policy, Regulation, Data Protection, Piracy, Safe Harbor, DIPP, Data Localisation

Developments in the digital ecosystem today

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem.  Funding and acquisitions Health startup Niramai has raised $6 million in a Series A round led by Dream Incubator, with participation from BEENEXT and others, per a company statement. Reliance... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Video, News, Internet, Investments, Government, Streaming, Ai, Zomato, UPI, Udacity, Reliance Industries

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