Monday, 27 June, 2022
TopicPrivacy concerns

Topic: privacy concerns

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.

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.

Data leak alleged as Bengaluru Covid patients get telemarketing calls, govt says loophole fixed

Soon after testing positive, Covid patients complained, they started receiving calls from private firms offering fumigation services. Officials say vulnerability on website plugged.

After WhatsApp hacking & Covid lockdown, 155% more Indians searched for encrypted email

A survey between May 2019 and April 2020 by encrypted email service ProtonMail found that more people were looking for alternatives to Gmail due to privacy issues with Google.

Covid gave an edge to underdog apps Zoom and Houseparty. Google, Facebook playing catch up

Underdog apps Zoom and Houseparty spoilt the homework that tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft had done for the coronavirus lockdown.

Chinese private companies’ investment in India has grown since 2014 — with little scrutiny

From $1.6 billion in 2014, investment from China — mostly by state-controlled private firms now — has likely crossed $26 billion. What does it mean for India’s trade strategy and security?

Google to pay record $170 million fine for YouTube child privacy breaches

The settlement represents the most significant US enforcement action against a big tech company in at least five years over its practices involving minors.

As YouTube mulls changes to kids’ content, rival services see opportunity

YouTube has been accused of breaking laws overseeing kids’ web habits, and other charges. Many entrepreneurs are trying to strike while the giant is in turmoil.

Is the Russian-made FaceApp safe? Just consider how much more Google & Facebook know

In the absence of strong government oversight in the internet world, people are beginning to embrace a post-privacy dystopia in which tech giants like Apple, Google & Facebook know a ton about us.

‘My life is my life’: CJI Dipak Misra speaks up for privacy, says it should not be disturbed

The Chief Justice of India reminds the state of its “solemn duty”, says its action has to be concrete, not mere rhetoric.

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Tesla Inc. electric vehicles charge at a Tesla Supercharger station in a parking lot in Shanghai, China | Representational image | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Chinese officials will have a secret meeting with Xi. The big problem? Tesla cars on street

BRICS summit was an opportunity for China to present its accommodating side, but Xi Jinping pushed his rhetoric on countering the ‘Western-led international order’.
Representational image | Commons

G7 ban on new Russian gold imports ‘largely symbolic’, may not have major impact

The US, UK, Japan and Canada plan to announce the ban during the G7 summit that started Sunday in Germany. Flows have already been restricted by previous sanctions.

Defence

The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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