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TikTok received a questionnaire from MEITY after app ban

TikTok received a questionnaire from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology “two days ago”, after the app was banned in India along with 58 other apps, a TikTok spokesperson confirmed to MediaNama. The company did not specify the deadline to submit its response to the government. “We have received a communication from Ministry of Information and Technology and are working to respond to them within the stipulated time frame. We have been in compliance with the laws and regulations...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, Vigo, Reuters, Economic Times, Government of India, Kevin Mayer, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Tiktok, Section 69A, TikTok Helo, Ministry of Information and Technology


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


Many Indian users unable to access search engine DuckDuckGo; possibly blocked

DuckDuckGo, a search engine that does not profile its users, appears to have been blocked in India. Users started reporting that they were unable to access the site on Wednesday. One user saw a message indicating that the block was ordered by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). This is the same message that appears when the block is the result of a court order. We were not able to access the site on Airtel broadband and 4G and it was also reportedly inaccessible on Jio and Vodafone. Even...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Censorship, Vodafone, Airtel, Duckduckgo, Blocking, John Doe, Madras High Court, Jio, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ACT Broadband, WayBackMachine


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


How does a Section 69A blocking order come into existence?

(with inputs from Torsha Sarkar and Sarvjeet Singh)  The Indian government blocked access to 59 Chinese apps by exercising Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. MediaNama spoke to Torsha Sarkar, policy officer at the Centre for Internet and Society, and Sarvjeet Singh, director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, to understand how a Section 69A blocking order comes into existence. Under this Section, the government has the right to block public ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, China, India, States, Delhi, Committee, State, UT, Calcutta, Singh, Review Committee, Sarkar, Shreya Singhal, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


India joins a global initiative on artificial intelligence as founding member

India joined an international multi-stakeholder initiative on artificial intelligence called the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) as one of its founding members on Monday. The USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Singapore are also members of the initiative. GPAI was officially proposed by France and Canada at the Biarritz Summit in August 2019, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Dev...
Tags: Travel, News, France, Singapore, India, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, Paris, OECD, Montreal, Ministry, Ravi Shankar Prasad, NASSCOM, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, IT Ministry, New Zealand Republic of Korea


Responses to government’s consultation on National Open Digital Ecosystems

This is a selected list of responses to the National Open Digital Ecosystems strategy outlined by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in a white paper. We will update this list as and when we obtain further responses. Here are the filings, listed in no particular order: Internet Democracy Project Mozilla National Institute of […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, National Open Digital Ecosystems


Kerala HC instructs MEITY to file a statement limiting the purpose of Aarogya Setu; next hearing on May 18

“Extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures,” Justice Anu Sivaraman of the Kerala High Court said at least thrice during a five-minute Zoom hearing on a petition against making Aarogya Setu mandatory for all employees earlier today. She instructed advocate Jaishankar V. Nair, who appeared on behalf of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, to […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Kerala, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Kerala High Court, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Anu Sivaraman, Jaishankar V Nair


Data of fewer than 13K users pulled to Aarogya Setu server thus far; 697 potential hotspots identified using the app

Of the 9.8 crore (98 million) users who have downloaded Aarogya Setu, “data of fewer than 13,000 people, including COVID-19 positive person, has been pulled to the server [from their devices]”, IT Ministry Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney revealed during a press briefing yesterday. “Fewer than 13,000 users have been found COVID-19 positive. But through this […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Coronavirus, COVID, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu


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


UIDAI allows around 20,000 CSCs to start Aadhaar updation

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has permitted Common Service Centres (CSCs) to start Aadhaar updation facility at around 20,000 CSCs. This comes two years after the government had decided not to renew its MoU with CSCs following allegations of corruption and violation of the Aadhaar enrolment process. The UIDAI has set a deadline of […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Unique Identification Authority of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Aadhaar, Unique Identification Authority of India UIDAI, UIDAI, Common Service Centers, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


MEITY asks Indian companies to develop encrypted video conferencing solution, to provide funding

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has called on Indian companies and startups to develop a video-conferencing solution for use by the central and state governments. The solution should have encrypted network communication, should be able to work on any device, should be able to host multiple concurrent conferences having multiple participants in each […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Zoom, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


MEITY asks social media platforms to curb misinformation about COVID-19

As misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic becomes abundant on social media platforms, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has urged social media platforms to “take immediate action to disable /remove such content hosted on their platforms on [a] priority basis”.  390 people in India have tested positive for the virus, which has so […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, India, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Coronavirus


Govt asks social media platforms to remove videos on skull breaker challenge

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), last month, had asked social media platforms to “expeditiously” remove videos performing or attempting the ‘skull breaker challenge’, IT Minister  for State Sanjay Dhotre informed Parliament yesterday. The ‘skull breaker challenge’ had first went viral on short video app TikTok — which the government has no proposals of […] ...
Tags: Travel, Games, News, Parliament, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, PUBG, Sanjay Dhotre, Children and the Internet, Bluewhale


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


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


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


Announcing #NAMA event on the Future of Online Safe Harbor; Bangalore & Delhi #Ad

On the 24th of December 2018, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released proposed amendments to the IT Rules governing Section 79 of the IT Act, which cover Intermediary Liability, i.e., the provisions that provide a safe harbor for platforms including payments services,... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Bangalore, Nama, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Nama-event-announcement


List of Submissions on the Personal Data Protection Bill made to MEITY

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which will be drafting India’s Data Protection Bill, has not made submissions public, neither those sent to the Srikrishna Committee, nor those sent as feedback on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill. MediaNama reached out to... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Policy, Bill, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Data Protection Bill, Srikrishna committee, Data protection consultation, Draft Personal Data Protection, Bill MediaNama


RS Prasad to WhatsApp CEO: WhatsApp needs to have an Indian office

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has reiterated to Chris Daniels, the new WhatsApp CEO, what the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said previously: WhatsApp needs to have a physical presence in India. “I further asked […] Daniels to work closely with law enforcement... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, India, Whatsapp, Policy, Daniels, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chris Daniels, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Govt blocked over 18 webpages every day on average since 2016; 11,045 so far

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has blocked 11,045 URLs on the Indian internet since January 2016, MeitY revealed in a parliamentary response. That’s an average of over 18 webpages every day. The response was first reported by Telecom Talk. This number includes MeitY... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


As it happened: Srikrishna Committee Data Protection Bill released

4:30pm: The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 has been released. Read it here. Read the committee’s report here. The Justice BN Srikrishna-led committee to create a data protection law is finally submitting its bill to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in New Delhi.... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Policy, Live, Data Protection, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Srikrishna committee, Justice BN Srikrishna, Srikrishna Committee Data Protection Bill


LIVE: Srikrishna Committee Data Protection Bill released

Friday, 4:30pm: The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 has been released. Read it here. Read the committee’s report here. The Justice BN Srikrishna-led committee to create a data protection law is finally submitting its bill to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in New... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Policy, Live, Data Protection, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Srikrishna committee, Justice BN Srikrishna, Srikrishna Committee Data Protection Bill


Govt of India says law of abetment applies to social media platforms if they do not act on large scale misuse

A social media platform cannot evade their “responsibility, accountability and larger commitment to ensure that its platform is not misused on a large scale to spread incorrect facts projected as news and designed to instigate people to commit crime,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in... ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Whatsapp, Policy, Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Fake News, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India's IT Act 2008, Section 79


Deadline for making handsets Indic language capable extended till 1st October 2017

What’s a government department that doesn’t extend deadlines?* The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has extended till October 1st 2017, the deadline by which... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Keyboards, Devices, Policy, Bis, Handsets, Indic Languages, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Amazon gets a wallet license in India

Amazon India has received permission to run a wallet license in India, becoming one of the 84 companies authorised by the Reserve Bank of India to operate payment licenses. The license has been given to “Amazon Online Distribution Services Private Limited”. The license was issued to Amazon on the 22nd of March 2017, and is valid till the 31st of March 2022. The wallet will probably be linked to Amazon Pay, which Amazon introduced in India last December, although then it was seen as a rebranding...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Internet, India, Payments, Flipkart, Amazon India, Helion Venture Partners, Paytm, Reserve Bank of India, Digital Payments, Amazon Online, Sistema Asia Fund, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Demonetisation & the Push to Digital Payments in India: Violation of Human Rights?

This post hopes to explore the recent demonetisation drive in India through a human rights lens and place the drive as well subsequent push to digital payments systems as a violation of human and internet rights. Introduction Currency exhibits characteristics of a common-pool good, i.e. rivalrous in consumption but non-excludable1 . However, as opposed to traditional common-pool resources like timber, coal and fish stocks; currency is a cultural artefact, which depends on the theories and trust...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, India, Policy, Princeton University Press, CSC, UPI, Views, General Assembly, Rogoff, Reinhart, Rajya Sabha, State, Indian State, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI



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