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Delhi Police ‘hired’ drones to record assembly elections and Delhi riots: RTI

The Delhi Police has admitted to using drones during the legislative assembly elections and the riots that took place in Delhi in February. In response to an RTI filed by MediaNama (given below), the Delhi Police’s North East Division said that the department “hired” drones from the “open market” under the competency of HOO (Head […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Surveillance, Drones, Delhi, Delhi Police, RTI, Medianama


Top 10 stories of the week: March 23rd to March 29th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 29th March 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Exclusive: Lack of consensus and hard questions at IAMAI’s meeting on its DCCC content regulation code “This is not an IAMAI code, and it should not be […] ...
Tags: Travel, Home, News, IAMAI, Medianama


E-commerce companies to operate without passes during COVID-19 lockdown: Faridabad Police

E-commerce companies do not need any pass from the district administration to operate in Faridabad, the Faridabad Police said in an order dated March 26. The commissioner’s office told MediaNama that they will validate the identity of delivery persons via ID cards, and it is not mandatory for them to be wearing uniforms “since every […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, E-commerce, FARIDABAD, Medianama, Coronavirus, Ecommerce and COVID-19, Faridabad Police


Karnataka govt publishes addresses of people in COVID-19 quarantine

In a startling privacy violation, the Karnataka government published the home addresses of quarantined residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangalore Mirror reported. This was reportedly done as a deterrent to individuals who were breaking their quarantine and stepping outside. According to the documents accessed by MediaNama, the list published by the Karnataka government includes individuals […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Karnataka, Medianama, Bangalore Mirror, Coronavirus, Privacy and COVID-19


Gurugram police will allow Zomato, Swiggy, Amazon, Flipkart, et al to operate amid COVID-19 lockdown

Zomato, Swiggy, Flipkart, Amazon, Grofers, BigBasket, Dunzo, Milkbasket, Big Bazaar, Blue Dart, WOW Express and IFFCO Tokyo Goods will be allowed to operate in Gurugram, the city’s police commissioner, Muhammad Akil, directed all officials of Gurugram police today. The commissioner’s office told MediaNama that the staff of these platforms will not require additional passes to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Zomato, Flipkart, BigBasket, Gurgaon, Grofers, Swiggy, Medianama, Dunzo, Gurugram, Coronavirus, Muhammad Akil, Ecommerce and COVID-19


Keeping track of surveillance in the time of coronavirus

As the world attempts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have taken steps to put quarantined people under surveillance to ensure their compliance. MediaNama has prepared a list of technical measures taken by within and outside India to track this concerning development. We will keep updating this list regularly. India A panel of joint […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Surveillance, Medianama, Coronavirus


Keep a track of surveillance in the time of coronavirus

As the world attempts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have taken steps to put quarantined people under surveillance to ensure their compliance. MediaNama has prepared a list of technical measures taken by within and outside India to track this concerning development. We will keep updating this list regularly. India A panel of joint […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Surveillance, Medianama, Coronavirus


Reliance on automated content takedowns needs to be reconsidered: MediaNama’s take

A day after Facebook finally announced that it would send home all its contract workers who moderate content and will rely on automated content removals, people around the world, including in India, reported that Facebook was marking legitimate news articles, including those about COVID-19, as spam. One such article that Facebook marked as spam was […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Views, Medianama, Content Moderation, Coronavirus


Top 10 stories of the week: March 9th to March 15th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 15th March 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Influences on social media promoting violent extremism among biggest cyber threats, says NTRO Chairperson “Influences on social media” that promote “violent extremist ideologies” are among the biggest […] ...
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223 cybercrime cases registered with Delhi Police between 2016-19: RTI

Between 2019-19, 223 cybercrime cases were registered with the Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police, an RTI document obtained by MediaNama showed. Surprisingly, the Cyber Crime Cell does not maintain data on how many of those cases were actually solved. Year wise breakdown of registered cybercrime cases with the Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police: […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Cybersecurity, Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi Police, RTI, Medianama, Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police


Top 10 stories of the week: March 2nd to 8th March 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 8th March 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Pakistani civil society groups boycott consultation on social media rules Over a hundred Pakistani civil society organisations have boycotted the country’s consultation on its notified social media […] ...
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List of submissions made to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on PDP Bill 2019

A Joint Parliamentary Committee, which is currently deliberating the proposed Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, had invited comments on the Bill till February 25. The Bill is the first legislation that focuses on privacy of citizens, and could potentially result in significant overhaul of digital businesses and companies. MediaNama is compiling a list of submissions made to the […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Data Protection, Bill, Medianama, Personal Data Protection Bill, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, PDP Bill 2019 Submissions


MediaNama’s Public Policy Job Board: jobs at Centre for Civil Society

MediaNama’s Public Policy job board, has job openings from Centre for Civil Society: Associate Director at Centre for Civil Society Senior Manager – Research at Centre for Civil Society If you’re hiring, please feel free to Post a Job opening here. Note: we’ll have to approve the job post based on relevance. ...
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Delhi Police division denies it used drones to film CAA protestors

The Delhi Police, in response to two Right to Information requests filed by MediaNama about its usage of drones to film protestors of the Citizenship Amendment Act, has given the following responses: 1. The North District division, in response to the first RTI, said that the police of Police Station Kotwali in Red Fort, did […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Drones, Caa, Delhi Police, RTI, Red Fort, Medianama


WhatsApp crosses 2 billion users and makes a pitch for End to End Encryption

(with inputs from Manas Pant) WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, has crossed 2 billion users globally as of February 12, the company announced in a blog post. Currently, WhatsApp has “around 400 million” users in India, WhatsApp told MediaNama in response to a query. Note that WhatsApp had disclosed the same number, of 400 million monthly […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Whatsapp, Digital Payments, Medianama


Google Nest makes two-factor authentication mandatory starting spring

Starting spring this year, all users of Google Nest (Google’s subsidiary that sells smart home products) will be required to enroll for two-factor authentication to reduce the likelihood of unauthorized persons gaining access to a Nest account, Google Nest’s head of security announced in a blog post on February 11. MediaNama has reached out to Google […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Cybersecurity, Two-factor Authentication, Medianama, Google Nest, Google Nest Google


Between Apr’18 and Oct’18, Labour and Employment Ministry DBT transactions worth more than Rs 2 crore failed

You are reading it here first: Between April 1 and October 31, 2018, 2.87%, or 13,817 of all direct benefit transfers (DBT) transactions — worth more than Rs 2 crore — made to 7 schemes of the Ministry of Labour and Employment failed, RTI documents accessed by MediaNama showed. In several cases, the transactions failed […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Finance Ministry, DBT, RTI, Medianama, Union Labour Ministry, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Aaadhaar, Labour and Employment Ministry DBT


Top 10 stories of the week: January 27th to 2nd February 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 2nd February 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Break end-to-end encryption to trace child porn distributors, make ISPs liable: Recommendations from Rajya Sabha Committee To curb online child sexual abuse material (CSAM), an ad hoc […] ...
Tags: Travel, Home, News, CSAM, Medianama, Rajya Sabha Committee


#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 MediaNama’s roundtable discussion on non-personal data, held in November 2019. A number of recommendations for governing non-personal data emerged. Most participants agreed […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Medianama, Nama, Non-personal Data, NAMA Non-Personal Data - November 2019, Anonymisation


#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 […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Medianama, Nama, Non-personal Data, NAMA Non-Personal Data - November 2019, Anonymisation


Top 10 stories of the week: January 13th to 19th January 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s 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 Court’s order on Internet Shutdowns in Kashmir — where it put down accountability […] ...
Tags: Travel, Home, News, Supreme Court, India, Kashmir, Medianama


‘Nearly 75% of AGR dues would have served India’s 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 court’s 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% […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, India, Telecom, Airtel, Bharti Airtel, Medianama, Telecom Operators, Vodafone Idea, AGR, AGR Bharti Airtel


#NAMA: How proactive monitoring & removals would impact intermediaries? Platforms, online harms, copyright, classification of intermediaries

If proactive monitoring and takedowns is going to be a rule, it’s undoubtedly going to increase costs for us, said Santosh Panda, CEO of Explara at MediaNama’s discussion on Intermediary Liability: The Way Forward in Bangalore in November 2019. “It will also reduce adoption since the onboarding process will become complex, since we wouldn’t able […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Bangalore, Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour, Medianama, Nama, Santosh Panda, Intermediary Guidelines Amendment 2018, NAMA Intermediary Liability - November 2019


#NAMA: How proactive monitoring & removals impacts intermediaries; copyright and safe harbour, and whether we should classify intermediaries

If proactive monitoring and takedowns is going to be a rule, it’s undoubtedly going to increase costs for us, said Santosh Panda, CEO of Explara at MediaNama’s discussion on Intermediary Liability: The Way Forward in Bangalore in November 2019. “It will also reduce adoption since the onboarding process will become complex, since we wouldn’t able […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Bangalore, Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour, Medianama, Nama, Santosh Panda, Intermediary Guidelines Amendment 2018, NAMA Intermediary Liability - November 2019


Is defining non-personal data possible? Comments at MediaNama’s discussion on non-personal data

The first issue with defining non-personal data as the negative of personal data is that personal data is not in a crystallised form in the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, said a speaker at MediaNama’s roundtable discussion on non-personal data. The second issue is that segregation of personal and non-personal data is close to impossible […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Medianama, Nama, Non-personal Data, NAMA Non-Personal Data - November 2019, Anonymisation


Joint Parliamentary Committee on Data Protection Bill to now meet on Jan 16 instead of today

You’re reading it here first: The first meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, has been rescheduled to January 16, MediaNama has learnt. It was earlier scheduled to be held today (January 14). A notice dated January 8, 2020, was sent to all members of the JPC by Dr […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Medianama, JPC, MeitY, Personal Data Protection Bill, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Personal Data Protection Bill 2019


Top 10 stories of the week: January 6th to 12th January 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 12th January 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019: Considering consent and offences The popular teahouse chain Chaayos has been in the news recently for using facial recognition technology (‘FRT’) at […] ...
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Regulating online content for children, and how it would affect businesses: MediaNama’s discussion on Online Content Regulation

Ensuring the safety of children who consume content on the internet is the responsibility of various service providers, and of parents as well: “If parents do not want their kids to see certain types of content, they should just block it out, and ensure to use parental controls offered by streaming platforms,” said a speaker […] ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Policy, Regulation, Streaming, Online Streaming, Medianama, Nama, OTT Services, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Online content regulation, NAMA Online Content Regulation - December 2019


Why platforms self-regulate, and challenges that come with it: MediaNama’s discussion on Online Content Regulation

“Self-regulation is a bigger disease than an actual obvious clear law, not that I am asking for a law. We should take from the broadcast example and not have any self-regulation, because it’s only going to work for big brand platforms, and not for anybody else,” said Abhigyan Jha, CEO of Undercover Productions. Jha was […] ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Policy, Regulation, Streaming, Online Streaming, Medianama, Nama, Jha, OTT Services, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Online content regulation, NAMA Online Content Regulation - December 2019, Abhigyan Jha


MEITY to brief Joint Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill on January 14

Union IT Minister RS Prasad today introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha. Prasad said the bill should be examined by a Joint Parliamentary Committee for review, but it’s unclear when that will happen. The bill was circulated yesterday among members of parliament, MediaNama was able to access to copy of […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Medianama, Personal Data Protection Bill, RS Prasad, Lok Sabha Prasad, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Joint Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill



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