IFF's Digi-tech news capsule

Hello all, starting today we’ll be bringing to you our digi-tech news capsule where we scan all the latest happenings in the digital and technology space.

The news capsule for today, Feb 11:

  1. Machine-to-machine service providers need to register with DoT - The Economic Times

  2. India's flagship health digitisation project will involve Paytm, Jio, and others

  3. meta: Meta says it has a 'comprehensive' strategy for state elections in India - The Economic Times

  4. French watchdog says Google Analytics poses data privacy risks - The Hindu

  5. instagram features: Instagram rolls out bulk delete features, security checkup worldwide - The Economic Times

  6. Crypto Is A Threat To India’s Macroeconomic Stability: RBI Governor

  7. Global regulators going ‘full steam’ to tame crypto currencies - The Hindu

  8. No one-size-fits-all for central bank digital currencies: IMF - The Hindu

  9. European, U.S. regulators tell banks to prepare for Russian cyberattack threat - The Hindu

  10. 60 Social Media Handles Blocked So Far For Peddling Fake News: Govt

  11. Social Media Should Be More Accountable for Women’s Safety: IT Minister

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Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 14):

  1. How will the use of health locker applications be promoted under the ABDM?

Read IFF’s Comments on the Health Data Retention Policy, where we highlighted the harms of mandatory data retention, issues around a fragmented healthcare regime and data portability issues: https://internetfreedom.in/iff-comments-on-draft-health-data-retention/.
Our previous response to Draft Health Data Retention Policy:IFF_2022_002 - 06.01.2022 - IFF's response to the Health Data Retention Policy.pdf - Google Drive, and our submissions on the Unified Health Interface Consultation Paper: Request Rejected.

  1. Govt issues order to ban 54 Chinese apps - The Economic Times

Read IFF’s post on why such actions are concerning and set a poor precedent: https://internetfreedom.in/59-apps-blocked-our-statement-and-initial-action/.

  1. Govt taking to WhatsApp to deliver citizen services faster - The Economic Times

  2. Tracking tech: India set to immerse itself into the metaverse - The Economic Times

  3. Mozilla draws flak for collaborating with Meta: Here is what they are working on

  4. YouTube floats ideas of verifying NFTs, watching games in metaverse - The Hindu

And this order may be interested to read once it is made available: Karnataka High Court Strikes Down Law Banning Online Games With Stakes

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Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 15):

  1. Indian government amends Drone Rules, does away with 'Remote Pilot Licenses'

  2. There is no proposal to include online gaming with gambling: MeitY in response to a parliamentary question

  3. Texas sues Meta's Facebook over facial-recognition practices - The Economic Times

  4. After Kerala & Tamil Nadu, HC strikes down Karnataka ban on online gambling | Cities News,The Indian Express

  5. US Security agency warns hackers are exploiting Microsoft, Apple bugs

  6. Strict anti-doxxing policies for Meta - The Hindu

  7. French watchdog says Google Analytics poses data privacy risks - The Hindu

  8. NCB arrests 22 persons for sale/purchase of drugs via darknet - The Hindu

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Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 16):

  1. Summary: US lawmakers introduce bill to tackle social media addiction

  2. [Election Commission flags certain tweets from political parties for takedown]

  3. [National Health Authority seeks Aadhaar data to identify health insurance beneficiaries]

  4. [chinese apps: Govt to keep close eye on Chinese origin apps - The Economic Times]

  5. [Banned China apps stay on in new avatars - The Economic Times]

  6. [Meta's Facebook to pay $90 million to settle privacy lawsuit over user tracking - The Economic Times]

  7. cyber insurance: Is your data safe? Survey shows nearly 60% of Indian cos operate without cyber insurance, BFSI News, ET BFSI

  8. Meta's Facebook to pay $90 million to settle privacy lawsuit over user tracking

  9. [India to prepare digital maps of all villages]

  10. Parliamentary panel expresses concern over increasing cyber crimes

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Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 17):

  1. Who owns the .eth domains of top Indian companies? Not the companies

  2. Sansad TV's YouTube channel compromised, renamed to Ethereum

  3. Fresh legislation may replace Data Protection Bill - The Economic Times

  4. Google plans privacy changes, but promises to not be disruptive - The Economic Times

  5. Meta highlights initiatives to keep women safe in India - The Economic Times

  6. Twitter enables Paytm option in India for tipping creators | Technology News,The Indian Express

  7. Meta sued for unlawful use of biometric data without user consent - The Hindu


That story about ECI sending legal notices to Twitter for takedowns is interesting. Under the 2009 Blocking Rules, would an ECI notice count as “Court order”?

Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 18):

  1. In a first, England's NHS to take up algorithmic impact assessment

  2. Facebook gets sued by Texas over facial recognition programme

  3. India needs new digital law to replace dated IT Act: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

  4. yuval noah harari: Use data carefully to avoid digital dictatorship, data colonies: Yuval Noah Harari - The Economic Times

  5. TCIL: EC dials TCIL for analytics-based monitoring of polling booths, Telecom News, ET Telecom

  6. Jio's subscriber losses pull down India's mobile user tally in Dec: Trai data - The Economic Times

  7. India would be the data and AI capital for the planet: Microsoft India chief - The Economic Times

  1. India's mobile subscriber count down by 1.28 crore in December 2021: Trai data - ​Fell by 1.28 crore | The Economic Times

  2. Police want to identify suspect via Aadhaar, Delhi HC seeks UIDAI report | Cities News,The Indian Express

  3. Metaverse to push data usage by 20X in 10 years; Jio, Airtel to gain: Report

  4. Top headlines: Big tech in data localisation row, banks told to up UPI cap

  1. TRAI releases Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st December, 2021 | Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
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Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 21):

  1. Exclusive: MIB looks for tech solutions to flag hostile news items online

  2. Exclusive: Indian government looks for solution to bypass and trace those using VPNs

  1. Penalty clause in India’s laws worry Twitter - The Economic Times

  2. India’s war on the internet

  3. Meta tells advertisers mixed reality could be a few years away - The Economic Times

  4. meta platforms: Meta, Google face data doomsday as key EU decision looms - The Economic Times

  5. metaverse: Metaverse to push data usage by 20 times in next 10 years: Report - The Economic Times

  6. India would be the data and AI capital for the planet: Microsoft India chief - The Economic Times

  7. telecom news: Govt telecom revenues to be significantly higher than BE next fiscal: official - The Economic Times

  8. Snapchat announces real-time live location sharing feature with friends | Technology News,The Indian Express

  9. I&B Ministry warns officials on data security - The Hindu

  10. Pegasus: WhatIndia could borrow from ECHR ruling | Deccan Herald

  1. Forget state surveillance. Our tracking devices are now doing the same job | John Naughton | The Guardian

  2. Monthly summary for the month of January 2022 - DoT

  1. ‘Glad to have witnessed Kisan Drones in action at 100 places across the country says PM’ -
    Press Information Bureau

Hello all, the news capsule for today (Feb 22):

  1. IT Min draft pitch: ‘Enriched’ Central data can be sold for ‘appropriate price’ | Business News,The Indian Express

  2. Pegasus: Panel to probe spying charges submits its report to SC | India News,The Indian Express

  3. Apple, Google privacy moves: boost to user agency, data concentration | Explained News,The Indian Express

  4. In a first, Nepal set to fully adopt India's UPI digital payments system

  5. Brazil joins the Convention on Cybercrime: How will it impact other BRICS countries?

  6. Government Bodies: All govt bodies will soon need to compulsorily share data with each other - The Economic Times

  7. Godspeed the Data Protection Bill - The Economic Times

  1. Draft policy throws open government data floodgates for all

  2. MeitY’s draft data policy looks to unlock govt data for all - The Economic Times

  3. Dutch consumer watchdog gives Apple fifth $5.7 million fine in App Store dispute - The Economic Times

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Hello all, the news capsule for Feb 23:

  1. MIB invokes emergency provisions under IT Rules to block 'foreign-based' content, apps

  2. AICTE looks to link Aadhaar data with educational degrees, marksheets

  3. Users should be allowed to sue U.S. tech giants under EU rules, civil groups say - The Hindu

  4. us tech giants: Users should be allowed to sue US tech giants under EU rules, civil groups say - The Economic Times

  5. Supreme Court hearing in Pegasus case now on February 25 | India News,The Indian Express

  6. U.S. senators urge ditching ID.me, face recognition for unemployment seekers - The Hindu

  7. How Google uses AI to get you search results? - The Hindu

  8. U.S. opposes Canada’s digital services tax proposal - The Hindu

  9. Experts flag lack of laws on govt use of citizen data - The Economic Times