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Don’t want location & web browsing data saved? Google to give users a delete option

Amid the prickly debate over privacy, Google announced users can choose to have their data deleted after a three-month or 18-month period.
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The Virtual Private Network of your internet may not be fully private

Most people – including VPN customers – don’t have the skills to double-check that they’re getting what they paid for.

Govt proposes conditions for data storage abroad in draft e-commerce policy

The draft addresses six broad issues -- data, infrastructure development, e-commerce marketplaces, regulatory issues, stimulating domestic digital economy and export promotion.
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That rumour you read on WhatsApp can be deadly

Differential privacy is a potential solution to battle fake news. Apple uses it to extract insights from large sets of data without compromising any particular individual's privacy.
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Google, Facebook, WhatsApp not ready to accept Modi govt’s plan to share user data

The govt recently shared a new set of draft rules with social media platforms, but the companies have raised several objections to the proposals.
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Mukesh Ambani fears another colonisation if India’s data is not controlled by Indians

Reliance industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people, and not by corporates. Indians should own and control their own data, billionaire Mukesh Ambani has said, coming out in favor of recent efforts by the Asian nation to draft strict rules around how digital information is stored and shared. “Data colonization is as bad as the previous forms of colonization,” Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd. and Asia’s richest man, said at an event Wednesday in Mumbai. “India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people -- and not by corporates, especially global corporations.” The comments feed into a debate on how India should balance user protections with support for its digital economy in the world’s fastest-growing major internet market. Foreign companies and hundreds of home-grown startups have flourished amid a dearth of regulation, with research firm eMarketer estimating e-commerce sales will more than double...
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Want to see your dystopian future? Look at China

If people in China don’t recognise the danger of a snooping government, they might eventually be unable to protest against it.
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No Google, we did not agree to share this information

More than a decade into era of prevalent social networks & smartphones, people still can’t make informed choices about how to safely conduct their lives online.
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Instagram founders quitting makes a terrible picture for Facebook

Instagram founders leaving is terrible optics for Facebook just when it was trying to present a picture of confidence after 2 years in crises. 

Storing data locally can hurt both Indian businesses and consumers

When governments build barriers to protect companies, then consumers suffer, growth stagnates, and the entire country falls behind the rest of the world.

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Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


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On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.