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TikTok denies initiating legal action against govt’s app-ban decision

Short video app TikTok, which was recently banned in India, along with 58 other Chinese apps, has denied pursuing legal action against the Indian government’s directive. “There have been statements in the press concerning the possibility that TikTok might pursue legal action regarding the directive by the Government of India. We have no plans to pursue such action. We are committed to working with the government to address its concerns. We comply with the laws and regulations of the Government o...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, Congress, China, India, WTO, Play Store, App Store, Mumbai, India China, Economic Times, Mukul Rohatgi, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Google, Apple remove majority of the banned Chinese apps, some still up on their app stores

Days after the Indian government  decided to ban 59 apps developed by Chinese companies, a majority of them have now been taken down from Apple and Google’s respective stores. A total of 54 apps were taken down from the Google Play Store, while  including Shareit, Kwai, and Club Factory. Four apps — Likee, Bigo Live, Viva Video, Vigo Video  — were also take down, but their “lite version” was still available. An app called YouCam Makeup was yet to be taken down at the time of publication. While t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, China, India, Play Store, Vigo, App Store, Helo, India China, Google Apple, UC browser, Kwai, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


India’s app ban decision ‘suspects’ of violating WTO rules: Chinese Embassy

The Chinese Embassy in India, on Tuesday, alleged that India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat, Cam Scanner, and UC Browser, “abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules”. It is also against the “general trend” of international trade and e-commerce activities, and is “not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India”, the embassy said. “The Chinese side is seriously concerned with and firmly opposed to such action,...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Google Play Store, News, China, India, WTO, Vigo, Helo, India China, Singh, Chinese Embassy, UC browser, GATT, MeitY


Chinese apps ban: India-China cyber face-off

After the Indian government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including the likes of TikTok, Shein, UC Browser, and WeChat, we put together a discussion where lawyers, public policy folks, and India-China experts discussed what this development means for bilateral relations between the two countries, and also the larger geo-political context. We discussed how exactly a Section 69A blocking order works, and the recourse these companies now have. We also discussed how this ban will be enforced an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, China, Vigo, Helo, India China, UC browser, MeitY, Tiktok, TikTok Shein UC Browser


iSpirt demos a key part of Health Stack — the health data consent manager. Some questions.

Indian technology lobby group iSpirt is running a pilot with the National Cancer Grid that lets patients share their health data just as easily as one can make UPI payments . Called a consent manager, the tool is modelled after UPI – which iSpirt evangelised – and is one of the parts of the Health Stack. iSpirt revealed the pilot in a webinar held on May 23 ; frontman Sharad Sharma, and ‘volunteers’ Kiran Anandampillai and Siddharth Shetty presented the webinar and demo’d the product. ...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, India, Time, Telemedicine, UPI, Accel, Infosys, Ken, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Tandon, Nandan Nilekani, Nilekani, Sharma, Amitabh Kant


iSpirt demos a key part of Health Stack — the health data consent manager

Indian technology lobby group iSpirt is running a pilot with the National Cancer Grid that lets patients share their health data just as easily as one can make UPI payments. Called a consent manager, the tool is modelled after UPI – which iSpirt evangelised – and is one of the parts of the Health Stack. iSpirt revealed the pilot in a webinar held on May 23; frontman Sharad Sharma, and ‘volunteers’ Kiran Anandampillai and Siddharth Shetty presented the webinar and demo’d the product. Instrumental...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, India, Time, Telemedicine, UPI, Accel, Infosys, Ken, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Tandon, Nandan Nilekani, Nilekani, Sharma, Amitabh Kant


MEITY launches schemes worth Rs 50,000 crore to push domestic electronics manufacturing

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology today launched three schemes to encourage domestic manufacturing. These are the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing, the Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) and the Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme. The schemes have an outlay of Rs 50,000 crores (~$6.65 billion). The Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technol...
Tags: Travel, News, India, EMC, PTI, Pli, Department of Telecommunications, MeitY, Software Technology Parks of India, Local Manufacturing, Ministry of Electronics Information Technology, Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters EMC, Nitin Kunkolienker, Empowered Committee, Plant Machinery Equipment Associated Utilities, Project Management Agency


Mozilla: India’s National Open Digital Ecosystems strategy should avoid “open washing”

India’s National Open Digital Ecosystems (NODE) strategy should avoid “open washing”, Mozilla said. Mozilla pointed to the fact that IndiaStack initiatives are often claimed to be open, but are not substantially open sourced to the public. They addded that it was important that NODEs be truly open, saying “Many initiatives associated with the IndiaStack project […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Mozilla, MeitY, National Open Digital Ecosystems


All you need to know about MEITY’s Data Access and Sharing Protocol for Aarogya Setu

Unlike the Privacy Policy of Aarogya Setu where data is retained for at most 60 days, the newly released Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol, 2020 allows retention of contact, location and self-assessment data for up to 180 days. But in a welcome move, personal data will be retained only until the Protocol […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Aarogya Setu Data Access


MEITY expects to begin industry consultation on amendments to India’s IT Act by end of April or early May

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) is looking to begin industry consultations on amendments to India’s Information Technology Act by end of April or early May, S. Gopalakrishnan, Additional Secretary at MEITY, said on a private video call hosted by the Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP), several participants on the call […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, India, Policy, MeitY, India's IT Act 2008, Information Technology Act 2000, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research, Digital Economy Policy Research C DEP


MEITY starts consultations on amending the Information Technology Act, 2000

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has started inter-departmental and industry consultations to amend the Information Technology Act, 2000, the Economic Times reported. It has also reached out to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Telecommunications for their inputs, per the report. The first such open house discussion will take […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Economic Times, MeitY, DPIIT, Information Technology Act 2000


MEITY extends National Open Digital Ecosystems consultation to 31 May

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has extended its call for comments for its consultation whitepaper on National Open Digital Ecosystems (NODEs) by two months to May 31, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NODEs are a set of protocols and digital systems that MEITY hopes can be used by government departments and private […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Regulation, MeitY, National Open Digital Ecosystems


Government building two apps to track COVID-19 infection paths

The government is building two apps to track COVID-19 infection paths, the Economic Times reports. The first app, Corona Kavach, is built by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) and the second, CoWin-20, is being built by NITI Aayog, the government’s think tank. Both apps, which are under beta testing right now, aim […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Economic Times, NITI, Niti Aayog, MeitY, Coronavirus, Privacy and COVID-19, Corona Kavach


E-commerce delivery of essential goods exempted from 21-day COVID-19 curfew: Home Ministry

Update 10:10 pm: The Ministry of Home Affairs has exempted delivery of all essential goods through e-commerce from the 21-day curfew that will go into effect at midnight on March 25. This includes delivery of food, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment. This 21-day curfew has been imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in India. […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, E-commerce, Ministry of Home Affairs, Delivery Services, MeitY, Coronavirus


Exclusive: Treat e-commerce delivery as essential service during COVID-19 shutdown: MEITY advises state governments

You’re reading it here first: Treat e-commerce functions, such as delivery, warehouse operations, shipping and logistics, as essential functions, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) told all state governments in an advisory to permit IT/ITeS industry to carry out essential functions. To plausibly ensure that delivery personnel and other associated employees are carrying […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, E-commerce, Delivery Services, MeitY, Coronavirus


MEITY puts out whitepaper on National Open Digital Ecosystems

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) put out a whitepaper seeking comments on National Open Digital Ecosystems (NODEs) on MyGov. NODEs are a set of protocols and digital systems that MEITY hopes can be used by government departments and private companies to offer services. The paper cited Aadhaar and IndiaStack as successful examples […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Regulation, Aadhaar, MeitY, National Open Digital Ecosystems


MEITY says it has no plans for regulating streaming services

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in response to a Lok Sabha question by MP Feroze Varun Gandhi that it has no plans to regulate streaming services. “Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has not conducted any formal consultation with online video streaming service providers such as Netflix, Hotstar etc. regarding the content regulation,” […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Regulation, Lok Sabha, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Online content regulation, Feroze Varun Gandhi


Social media companies under fire for hate speech in home ministry meeting: Report

Social media companies came under fire at a March 4 meeting held by the Home Ministry for not taking down content related to the Delhi riots on time, the Indian Express reported. Twitter was singled out for its low compliance rate with takedown requests from the government. The meeting was a routine one that the […] ...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Social Media, Regulation, Delhi, Intermediary Liability, Ministry of Home Affairs, MeitY


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


Aadhaar Watch: Running report of Aadhaar-related questions in Parliament Winter Session 2019

This running report will document all Aadhaar related questions asked during the Parliament Winter Session 2019. We will keep updating this on a daily basis. Direct benefit transfers MeitY doesn’t know the impact of Aadhaar-ration card linkage On November 22, Minister of State for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Danve Raosaheb Dadarao, acknowledged […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Social Media, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Aadhaar, UIDAI, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Parliament Questions, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao


UIDAI has set up 21 Aadhar Seva Kendras out of its planned 114 kendras

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has operationalised 21 Aadhar Seva Kendras (ASK) as part of its plan to open 114 standalone Aadhar enrolment and update centres across the country, said Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) on November 21. These are in addition to 35,000 Aadhar enrolment centres that are run by banks, […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Aadhar, Unique Identification Authority of India UIDAI, UIDAI, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics, Aadhar Act, Aadhar Seva Kendras ASK


No Aadhaar-social media linkage on the cards, RS Prasad informs Parliament

The government is not considering any proposal to link Aadhaar to social media accounts of individuals, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written response (available below) to Lok Sabha MP S. Jothimani. In September, MeitY had sought UIDAI’s opinion on linking social media accounts to Aadhaar to know what is legally possible. Steps […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Social Media, Parliament, Lok Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Aadhaar, UIDAI, MeitY, Parliament Questions


WhatsApp told MeitY in September that 121 Indians were targeted by Pegasus, MeitY reveals in Parliament

WhatsApp informed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on September 5, 2019, that approximately 121 users in India may have been breached by Pegasus. MeitY revealed this in a written response (available below) to Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s question raised in Parliament today. This completely undermines MeitY’s earlier statements that WhatsApp had not […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Parliament, Lok Sabha, Asaduddin Owaisi, NSO Group, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Parliament Questions


#NAMA: Problems with local incorporation; need for transparency, accountability and recourse for users

“The requirement of local incorporation in the draft Intermediary Guidelines might eventually hurt Indian startups operating elsewhere, because local incorporation is something that other countries would love to replicate,” said Prasanto K Roy, an independent tech policy and media professional. “It is about retaliation versus inspiration. Lot of countries, especially in the Asia Pacific region, are […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Policy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour, Nama, MeitY, NAMA Intermediary Liability - October 2019


#NAMA: Proactive monitoring can lead to mass private surveillance; who decides what is unlawful content?

“If all intermediaries proactively monitor content, there will be mass-scale private surveillance, given the entire Intermediary Rules amendment,” said Sarvjeet Singh from the Centre for Communications Governance, NLU Delhi. “This also totally violates Puttaswamy judgement,” he added. “Mandating the use of automated tools to carry out proactive monitoring of content can result in a prior-restraint regime,” said […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Policy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour, Nama, MeitY, NAMA Intermediary Liability - October 2019, Sarvjeet Singh, Centre for Communications Governance NLU Delhi, Puttaswamy


#NAMA: Is traceability enforceable? How does it impact intermediaries?

“If I [as a cloud service provider] get a notice today to share data even through a legal channel, I will have to contest it in court because I can’t implement what they [law enforcement] are asking me to,” said Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy from BSA – The Software Alliance. Intermediaries, including cloud service providers, often do not […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Policy, Bsa, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour, Nama, MeitY, NAMA Intermediary Liability - October 2019, Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy


Government appoints panel to resolve MEITY’s and NITI Aayog’s conflicts over AI: Report

The government has formed a committee to resolve differences over the Artificial Intelligence (AI) mission between the MEITY and NITI Aayog, reports The Economic Times. It will be headed by principal scientific advisor K Vijay Raghavan. The other representatives in the committee will include Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, the CEO of […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Department of Science and Technology, Niti Aayog, MeitY, K Vijay Raghavan


Parliament’s Winter Session to be held from Nov 18 to Dec 13: Report

The Parliament’s Winter Session will be held from November 18 to December 13, reported ANI yesterday. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs communicated this to both houses. Last year, the Winter Session, which was BJP government’s last session before the Lok Sabha elections, was held from December 11 to January 8. There have been reports that […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, BJP, Parliament, Indian Parliament, MeitY, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Winter Parliamentary session


Intermediary Guidelines to be notified by Jan 15, 2020, MeitY tells Supreme Court

Note: MediaNama is hosting a discussion on these issues on the 23rd of October 2019. Apply here to attend. Notification of the Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules 2018 is likely to be completed by January 15, 2020, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said in its affidavit to the Supreme Court, submitted earlier this […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, MeitY, Facebook transfer petition, Intermediary Guidelines Amendment 2018, WhatsApp traceability case


Opposition to data localisation may reduce after taxation framework for internet companies come into place: MEITY’s S. Gopalakrishnan

Opposition by foreign companies to India’s data localisation move may come down once a globally accepted framework of taxing digital companies comes into place, according to S. Gopalakrishnan, joint secretary to the IT Ministry. He was referring to a recent proposal by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to expand the governments’ rights […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Government, India, Policy, Data Privacy, MeitY, Data Localisation, Personal Data Protection Bill, Gopalakrishnan



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