Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicData privacy

Topic: data privacy

Tek Fog shrouds an escalating political war, firms need to retake control of technologies

Tim Culpan and Andy Mukherjee write that govts may be able to combat misinformation if they tried, but they aren't reliable, so social media firms need to take the lead.

Drone policing during Covid exposes India’s need for data protection law

Modi govt's Draft Drone Rules 2021 do not have any of the incremental provisions of the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 or any mention of safeguards to privacy.

Most voters may not care about Pegasus but data is individual sovereignty too

Surveillance is the context and condition of democracy in India today. Sedition is its prime punishment.

Won’t enforce privacy policy till data bill is implemented, WhatsApp tells Delhi HC

WhatsApp told the court that it would continue to display the update to its users but would not limit the functionality for those not opting for new privacy policy.

WhatsApp is ‘tricking’ users into accepting its new privacy policy, Centre tells Delhi HC

In affidavit submitted Wednesday, Centre said WhatsApp was indulging in 'anti-user' practices and forcing them to accept the updated policy that had earlier raised data privacy concerns.

‘We had no choice but to sue Modi govt’: Why WhatsApp is fighting the new IT rule

In new IT rules, govt calls for social media firms with large user bases to enable, when required, identification of original sender of messages, a move that breaks privacy protections.

Users not accepting privacy updates eventually won’t be able to receive calls: WhatsApp

WhatsApp further clarified that it won't delete the users' accounts if they haven't accepted the update but said that its existing policy related to inactive users will apply.

Delhi HC dismisses Facebook, WhatsApp pleas challenging CCI order to probe privacy policy

The court said it saw no merit in the petitions of Facebook and WhatsApp to interdict the investigation directed by the CCI.

How private is incognito mode? US judge demands to know ‘what exactly Google does’ with data

US District Judge Lucy Koh, who has a history of taking Silicon Valley giants to task about their user data collection, said she’s 'disturbed' by Google’s practices.

WhatsApp isn’t giving up on new privacy policy, will launch fresh drive to convince users

With plans to roll out the new policy on 15 May, WhatsApp has changed the design of its in-app notification on the update to a small top-screen banner.

On Camera

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File photo of PM Narendra Modi with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka in ‘debt trap’, India’s response shows pushback against China has begun

While China waits for a Hambantota Port-like 'takeover' of Colombo port city, India has responded with great alacrity to Sri Lanka’s financial needs.
A Life Insurance Corporation building in Kolkata, India | Bloomberg

Inside the all-out campaign to prepare for LIC’s mega IPO

A knock-out listing could see LIC raise as much as $10 billion from the IPO with a minimum dilution of 5%. That would make it the third biggest globally involving an insurer.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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