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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


Cong MP raises concern over Facebook’s ‘interference in India’s electoral democracy’

Congress MP K.C. Venugopal called out Facebook’s “blatant bias and dubious in content regulation” citing recent media reports. “This is damning and serious allegation of Facebook’s interference in India’s electoral democracy”, adding that “India is one [Facebook’s] biggest markets”, Venugopal said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday morning. “Raising a matter of public importance, of Facebook India’s interference in India’s electoral politics,” Venugopal said. It seems that the motion Venugopal wanted to...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, India, BJP, US, Regulation, Parliament, Wall Street Journal, Rajya Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Venkaiah Naidu, Raja Singh


As Net 4 buckles under bankruptcy proceedings, customers left with nobody to turn to

On September 7, Ruchit Kapadia couldn’t access his email. He was able to send emails, but not receive them. Kapadia works in Mumbai at his family’s garment export company, DKK Exports, and administers the bulk of his business through email. “My business has come to a standstill, because I can’t access my email,” he lamented. Since all his clients are based abroad, email is the only formal way he has of communicating with them. It’s the only way he can send invoices, take orders, and negotiate w...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, India, Domain Registration, Icann, Bankruptcy, Delhi, Mumbai, Itc, Kolkata, Tcs, Shah, Trai, NPA, Gupta


Swiggy delivery executives go on strike in Hyderabad, lash out against company for ‘diverting’ orders to third-parties

Hundreds of delivery executives working with Swiggy in Hyderabad have been on a 48-hour strike since Tuesday, protesting a massive drop in income over the past few weeks. Executives have claimed that the food-delivery aggregator has changed the payment and incentive structure around a month ago, due to which they make only around Rs 15 per order, from around Rs 35 earlier. The strike has seen participation from hundreds of executives across the city. On Tuesday, they held demonstrations in front...
Tags: Travel, News, Ipl, Hyderabad, Swiggy, Chennai, Javed, Shadowfax, Medianama, IFAT, Rapido, Madhapur, Food aggregators, Banjara Hills, Indian Federation of App, Salauddin


Now, EU is deliberating on law enforcement access end-to-end encrypted communications

After India, USA, United Kingdom and Australia, it appears that end-to-end encryption is under threat from the European Union. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, is contemplating ways to give law enforcement agencies access to end-to-end encrypted communications so that they can crack down on child abuse networks and other organised crimes, the Financial Times reported citing an internal, “need to know” note from the Commission. “The objective here is to enable the intelligence ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, News, Justice, Supreme Court, Privacy, Australia, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption


NLSIU will proctor NLAT using a mix of AI, human proctors

“Candidates to show a 360-degree view of the entire room by turning on a webcam (laptops/desktops) or front/ selfie camera (as directed by proctor) (mobile devices)/ tilt the device/ keyboard, as instructed.” “If the proctor observes a phone/ tablet/ other device falling/ slipping when the device/ keyboard used for the assessment is tilted, proctor to terminate the exam immediately.” And if the human proctor cannot see their face for more than 45 seconds, the exam will be terminated. These are j...
Tags: Travel, News, India, University, John, Mac Linux, Medianama, CLAT, Digital Exclusion, Kingsly John, National Law School of India University, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, NLSIU, NLAT, Testpan, NLSIU Bengaluru


#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


Sonia Huria leaves Viacom18 to head Amazon Prime Video’s India comms: Reports

Viacom18’s Head of Corporate Marketing, Communications and Sustainability Sonia Huria will be joining Amazon Prime Video to head the streaming service’s communications in India. The move was reported by Exchange4Media and IWMBuzz. Huria will reportedly be reporting to Tobias Tringali, a Seattle-based Amazon executive who oversees Prime Video’s communications in Asia Pacific and Canada. Huria had been at Viacom18 since 2008, and previously worked at the PR agencies Weber Shandwick and Genesis Bur...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, India, Weber Shandwick, Asia Pacific, Seattle, Amazon Prime Video, Medianama, Viacom18, Sonia Huria, IWMBuzz Huria, Tobias Tringali, Canada Huria, Genesis Burson Marsteller Genesis BCW, Amith Prabhu


Accused of elitism, exclusion, NLSIU Bengaluru eases technical requirements for online admission test

In June 2020, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, held a virtual symposium on the future of NLSIU where it focussed on how “to enhance its role in the society”. The three panels focussed on infrastructure and investment, diversity and inclusion, and the role of technology in the future of legal education. Two months down the line, the country’s top law school has found itself in a maelstrom spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic  — it will not accept the scores of the Commo...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Supreme Court, India, University, Executive Committee, Joshi, Rao, Mozilla Foundation, Agrawal, Medianama, CLAT, Krishnaswamy, Setia, Digital Exclusion


Indian drone maker TechEagle to start drone deliveries in Ethiopia

Gurugram-based drone company, TechEagle Innovations has partnered with Ethiopian e-commerce company Addis Mercato to begin beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries of healthcare and other essential items in Ethiopia, the company said in a statement on Monday. Vikram Singh Meena, TechEagle’s co-founder and CEO told MediaNama that Addis Mercato is in the process of seeking necessary regulatory approvals in Ethiopia, and the two companies are planning to start this operation in the firs...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Drones, Vodafone, Ethiopia, Zomato, Drone Delivery, Home Ministry, Meena, Medianama, DGCA, BVLOS, TechEagle Innovations, TechEagle, Addis Mercato


Paytm sends legal notice to infosec firm that alleged data breach in Paytm Mall database

Paytm sent a cease and desist notice to Atlanta-based cybersecurity firm Cyble on September 4 for publishing a false, “defamatory” and “slander[ous]” report about a breach of Paytm’s database. Paytm completely denied all the claims that Cyble made in its report since “there have been so security lapses or gaps found in its [Paytm’s] eco-system [sic]”. It further claimed that this piece of “disinformation” has “completely disrupted and terrified” its customers. MediaNama has seen a copy of the no...
Tags: Travel, News, Atlanta, Data Breach, Paytm, Arora, Medianama, Paytm Mall, Cyble, Beenu Arora Cyble


Google wants safe harbour to be preserved, remains non-committal over competition in submission to EU

Data related to Google’s digital services cannot be accessed by third parties under contractual conditions, or as reported, aggregated information, or under a request to port data to another service, Google said in its submission to European Union’s public consultation on its Digital Services Act package. The aim of this consultation is to assess if existing European laws, such as the e-Commerce Directive, need to be amended to account for the challenges posed by the evolving global digital land...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, News, Germany, India, US, Eu, European Union, Competition, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Sundar Pichai, Data Sharing, Pichai


Apple delays iOS 14 feature which prevents advertisers from tracking users

Apple is delaying the rollout of an iOS 14 feature that required developers to take explicit consent from users before that app could track their activity across other services and websites on the iPhone and iPad, the company announced on Thursday. Apple will now introduce the feature “early next year” instead of in September when the iOS 14 update is expected to roll out. This feature had left digital advertisers, especially Facebook, worried (more on that below). What exactly is the change? Ev...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, UK, News, Privacy, Advertising, US, Developers, Daily Mail, Sdk, Audience Network, Lotame, Medianama, IDFA, DMG Media


Flipkart’s wholesale e-commerce service goes live in Gurugram, Delhi, and Bengaluru

Flipkart on Wednesday launched a B2B wholesale service, after first announcing it in July when it had acquired Wal-mart India. Called Flipkart Wholesale, the platform — accessible via an Android app — is currently available for fashion retailers, especially footwear and apparel, in Gurugram, Delhi and Bengaluru. The company is planning to expand to Mumbai as well. By the end of this year, the company is hoping to scale the service to 20 more cities and in categories such as home and kitchen and ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Walmart, E-commerce, Mumbai, Flipkart, Reliance Retail, Medianama, Walmart India, Gurugram Delhi, India Amazon India, AmazonBusiness, Jiomart, Flipkart Wholesale, Adarsh Menon


India bans another 118 ‘Chinese’ apps, including PUBG

India on Wednesday banned 118 more apps, including popular gaming app PUBG, for allegedly being engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The IT Ministry said that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and Home Ministry have sent an “exhaustive recommendation” for blocking these “malicious apps”. So far, the government has banned a total of 224 ‘Chinese’ apps. On June 29, the government had bann...
Tags: Travel, News, Congress, China, India, BJP, Xiaomi, New Delhi, Ministry, Home Ministry, Piyush Goyal, Shashi Tharoor, Medianama, Parliament of India, Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Banks told to refund UPI charges collected by them since January 1

In a clear indication that the Central government will not change its policy on merchant discount rate (MDR), the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has directed banks to return to customers and merchants any fees they may have collected for facilitating Unified Payment Interface (UPI) transactions this year. The CBDT , issued on Sunday, noted that such charges are a violation of the Income Tax Act, and would attract penal provisions. The circular noted that per Section 10A of the Payment and...
Tags: Travel, News, UPI, MDR, Das, CBDT, Digital Payments, Medianama, NPCI, Unified Payment Interface UPI, Central Board of Direct Taxes CBDT, Asbe, National Payment Corporation of India, Merchant Discount Rate (MDR, ICICI HDFC, Ashish Das


Paytm Mall denies any data breach, claims cybersec firm never contacted them

Paytm Mall has denied that its databases have been breached and called Cyble’s report about the hack and subsequent ransom “absolutely false”. In a message to MediaNama, the company’s spokesperson also denied Cyble’s claim that the cybersecurity firm had contacted Paytm Mall informing them about the breach. However, Beenu Arora, the founder and CEO of Cyble, said, “There was some noise about the Paytm Mall breach for some time, but the credible intelligence was received last week only. We reache...
Tags: Travel, News, Atlanta, Ransomware, Data Breach, Alibaba, Paytm, Bay, John Wick, Arora, Medianama, Paytm Mall, Cyble, Beenu Arora, Paytm Group, Paytm Mall What


Facebook’s Ankhi Das was supportive of BJP campaign ahead of 2014 polls: Report

Ankhi Das, Facebook India’s top public policy executive, was accused of fresh allegations of political bias, as revealed by her posts in the company’s internal communications platforms, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Over the past several years, Das reportedly was overt in her support for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, while disparaging its main opposition, the Congress party. Another major revelation in the report, also indicating to Facebook’s favourable treatment of the BJP, i...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, The Wall Street Journal, Hate Speech, George W Bush, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Modi, Don, Telangana


Amazon launches Halo, its fitness tracker band, app; MediaNama’s take

Amazon announced early access for customers in the US to its first health gadget, Amazon Halo, a combination of an app and band, that claims to recognise emotion in a user’s voice using machine learning, and calculate body fat percentage using machine learning and computer vision. All health data is encrypted in transit and in cloud, and can be deleted by the user at any time. When it is stored on the phone, it uses the phone’s “full disc encryption”. It is currently available for a reduced pric...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Fitness Tracker, Privacy, Halo, US, Aclu, Speech Recognition, Kansas City, Cerner, Medianama, BFP, Rekognition, Verge Amazon, Amazon Halo


Again, Facebook accused of not removing hate speech made by a BJP leader: Report

Facebook has once again been accused of not deleting hate speech posts made by leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The company allowed a post did not remove a hareful post by Shiladitya Dev, a BJP MLA from Assam, for nearly a year, reported TIME on Friday. Dev had shared a news report about a girl allegedly being drugged and raped by a Muslim man. He said this was how Bangladeshi Muslims target the “native people”. Facebook removed the post only after TIME asked about it on August 21, ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, The Wall Street Journal, Hate Speech, Delhi, Sam, Harmony, Wall Street Journal, Foley Hoag, Committee, WSJ


Online sellers body files antitrust lawsuit against Amazon India

The All India Online Vendors Association (AIOVA), a trade union representing online sellers, has filed an antitrust suit against Amazon India, alleging preferential treatment to some sellers, and predatory pricing, Reuters reported. The case has been filed with the Competition Commission of India, which as per Reuters will review the case in the coming weeks. An AIOVA spokesperson confirmed the antitrust lawsuit to MediaNama, and we have reached out the group’s lawyer for more details. According...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Germany, India, US, E-commerce, Canada, Jeff Bezos, Amazon India, Forbes, Reuters, Congressional, CCI, Karnataka High Court


Relying on automated takedowns, YouTube removed more videos in April-June than it ever has

The pandemic resulted in YouTube removing highest number of videos in a single quarter in its history. The company said it removed twice as many videos in April-June 2020 as compared to the first three months of the year. As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated in March, YouTube, like other platforms, modified its content moderation policies to reduce reliance on human reviewers and bank more on automated systems. Human reviewers would have maintained higher accuracy, but would leave a lot of harmf...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Usa, News, Youtube, India, Social Media, Intermediary Liability, Nyu, Medianama, Content Moderation


Key takeaways from Delhi government’s hearing on the Facebook-bias issue

From the first hearing of the Delhi Assembly’s Committee for Peace and Harmony on Tuesday on the allegations of bias against Facebook, it became clear that there is a lot that the world does not know about the platform’s content moderation policies. A number of these issues have been highlighted throughout the years but Wall Street Journal’s August 14 article, that reported the platform’s refusal to take down hate speech posted by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threw them in sharp r...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, California, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, New York Times, United Nations, Myanmar, Associated Press, Hate Speech, Delhi, Wall Street Journal


India’s controversial Automated Facial Recognition System sees eleventh bid deadline extension

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has for vendors to submit their bids to India’s controversial Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) for the eleventh time. The new deadline is now 5 pm on September 17. The earlier deadline to submit bids was August 27, and the organisation, which is a part of the Home Ministry and tasked with developing AFRS, said that deadline was postponed due to “administrative reasons”. The large scale facial surveillance tool is a centralised web application,...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, NEC, Surveillance, Cctv, Facial Recognition, Ernst, Medianama, National Crime Records Bureau NCRB, NCRB, AFRS, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Automated Facial Recognition System, Automatic Facial Recognition System


Vulnerability on RailYatri server exposed sensitive information of 7 lakh users: Report

Popular ticketing and travel website RailYatri has suffered a massive data breach, exposing personal details of an estimated 700,000 individuals, according to a report by security review website Safety Detectives. In a post published on Monday, Safety Detectives said that the all data present on one of the company’s production server was left exposed to potentially anyone who knew its IP address for several days. MediaNama has reached out to RailYatri. A representative said the company they woul...
Tags: Travel, News, Hack, Data Breach, UPI, Computer Emergency Response Team, Medianama, RailYatri, Anurag Sen, Safety Detectives, MediaNama Server, RailYatri Sen


18 crore PAN cards to be defunct if not linked to Aadhaar by March 31, 2021: Report

As many as 18 crore permanent account numbers (PAN) in the country would be declared inoperative unless they are linked to Aadhaar numbers before March 31, 2021, according to a Hindustan Times report. The Income Tax Department had last made this threat in February, declaring the deadline to be March 31, 2019. It had even allowed linking of PAN numbers that have become non-operative with Aadhaar. According to MyGovIndia, 32.71 crore out of 50.95 crore PANs in the country have been linked with Aad...
Tags: Travel, News, Narendra Modi, Eci, Gujarat, Hindustan Times, Aadhaar, Medianama, Income Tax Department, Election Commission of India ECI, Central Board of Direct Taxes CBDT, MyGovIndia


Aarogya Setu launches Open API Services Portal: All you need to know

Aarogya Setu has released an Open API Services Portal through which third party apps can check users’ health status “with consent”. The API terms and conditions state that the it will provide “only the health status of a registered Aarogyasetu User (with User’s consent) [sic]” and “no other personal data shall be provided through the API”. According to the tweet and the service’s terms and conditions, this API service is available only to organisations and entities which are registered and have ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, NIC, App, National Informatics Centre, Medianama, Coronavirus, COVID, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Aarogyasetu, Security Brigade, Organization Entity, Aarogya Setu Store, Aarogya Setu Aarogya Setu


Facebook-bias row: A closer look at the company’s India head Ajit Mohan’s statement

In response to allegations of political bias against the company, Facebook India head Ajit Mohan on Friday issued a statement, claiming that Facebook is an “open, transparent and non-partisan platform”. Mohan’s statement comes a week after the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook had refused to remove hateful content by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members fearing harm to its commercial interests in India. In his post, Mohan acknowledged allegations of bias and added that “we denoun...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Usa, News, Congress, India, BJP, Muslim, The Wall Street Journal, Opposition, Hate Speech, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, United States of America


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


‘Won’t shy away from tough cases’: Facebook Oversight Board in response to questions about platform’s bias

Facebook’s Oversight Board has said that cases that consider how the company treats hate speech content from public figures are within its scope. Such cases “are the type of highly challenging cases that the board expects to consider when we begin operating”, the Board said in a statement to MediaNama. Economic Times first reported it. In a statement to MediaNama, the Board said that it “is empowered to make binding and independent decisions on many of the most challenging content issues on Face...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, Denmark, Hate Speech, Wall Street Journal, Board, The Board, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Helle Thorning Schmidt, Medianama, Facebook India, Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board