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A deeper look into letter by SBI union and others that demands RBI to scrap digital payments plan

A union representing India’s largest public bank along with a coalition of labour unions and NGOs requested the Reserve Bank of India to reject applications of “profit-making” big companies, especially Amazon, from setting up alternate payment systems. Reuters reported on this first on April 8. Other than Amazon, Google, Facebook and so on also have…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-sbi-amazon-union-payments/
Oyo, Airbnb, EaseMyTrip, Yatra join hands to form industry body for tourism sector

Hospitality and travel tech companies such as Oyo, Yatra, Airbnb and EaseMyTrip have come together to launch a new industry body with the aim of helping small companies, promoting domestic tourism and helping digital transformation, announced Union Culture and Tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel. The body will also play a key role in getting small…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-oyo-airbnb-easemytrip-yatra-chatt/
US revokes order banning TikTok, WeChat; issues new order against Chineses apps

The US government on Wednesday passed an executive order (EO) that revokes the previous administration’s order banning TikTok, WeChat, and other Chinese apps and lays out new steps to protect Americans’ sensitive data from foreign adversaries. The new order, which expands upon the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019, does not name…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-us-ban-tiktok-wechat-chinese-apps/
#NAMA: Legality of the provisions of the IT Rules 2021 for news media

Key takeaways: The government lacks the power to frame these rules to regulate digital media under the Information Technology Act. These rules infringe upon the right to free speech and the functioning of the independence of media platforms. The Rules being subordinate legislation have gone beyond the scope of the IT Act – the parent…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-it-rules-2021-legality-news/
Government officials targeted by malicious web link seeking vaccination status: Report

In a phishing attempt, several government officials were targeted by a malicious web link asking them to update their vaccination status, The Hindu reported on Wednesday. These links were sent by WhatsApp, SMS, and email and Defence Ministry officials were among those targeted, the report added. The messages on WhatsApp and on SMS were formatted…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-government-officials-phishing-attack/
All you need to know about petition challenging IT Rules 2021 in Madras High Court

A petition was filed in the Madras High Court challenging the entire purview of Intermediary Guidelines 2021 (rules for both social media intermediaries and OTT platforms, which the petitioner argued was against fundamental rights and “artistic speech” and also ultra vires to IT Act 2000. On Thursday, the Madras HC issued a notice in this…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-it-rules-2021-madras-high-court/
IAMAI appoints Justice Sikri as chair of streaming grievance body; Apple and Ullu join DPCGC

The Internet and Mobile Association of India announced on Thursday that its self-regulatory body for streaming content companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will be chaired by former Supreme Court judge Arjan Kumar Sikri. The Digital Publisher Content Grievances Council (DPCGC), the body whose Grievance Redressal Board (GRB) Sikri will be chairing, has been…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-iamai-dpcgc-sikri-apple/
Tata Digital to acquire majority stake in e-pharmacy 1mg, moves closer to launching super app

Tata Digital on Thursday announced that it will acquire a majority stake in digital health company 1mg stating that it is “in line with the Tata group’s vision of creating a digital ecosystem that addresses consumer needs across categories in a unified manner.” The company did not reveal the size of the deal but Entrackr…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-tata-digital-stake-1mg/
Government of Nigeria sets up official account on Koo, days after it suspends Twitter in the country

Days after Nigeria suspended the services of Twitter in the country, Koo founder Aprameya Radhakrishna announced that the Government of Nigeria has set up an official account on the made-in-India microblogging platform positioned as an alternative to Twitter. Radhakrishna in a tweet said, “A very warm welcome to the official handle of the Government of…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-koo-nigeria-twitter/
Russia fines Facebook and Instagram for not taking down “prohibited” content

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media of Russia (known as Roskomnadzor) said on Friday that Facebook and Instagram had been fined millions of rubles for not taking down “prohibited” content online. “The total amount of fines for not removing prohibited information is 43 million rubles. For non-compliance with the…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-russia-instagram-facebook/
Indian government agencies keeping an eye on Clubhouse chat rooms: Report

More than a dozen Indian government agencies are tracking Clubhouse chat room activities, The Hindu reported on Wednesday. It is not clear what the reasons behind this are. The agencies identified in the report are Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI),…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-government-prying-clubhouse-chatroom/
Enforcement Directorate show cause notice to WazirX for crypto transactions worth Rs 2,790 crore

Enforcement Directorate on June 11 issued a show cause notice to WazirX Cryptocurrency exchange under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) 1999 for alleged transactions involving cryptocurrencies worth Rs 2,790.74 crore ED has issued Show Cause Notice to WazirX Crypto-currency Exchange for contravention of FEMA, 1999 for transactions involving crypto-currencies worth Rs. 2790.74 Crore.— ED…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-ed-wazirx-crypto-currencies/
MEITY says Domino’s, Air India, BigBasket breaches didn’t impact government email

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that recent credential leaks from Domino’s, BigBasket and Air India didn’t impact the email system used by government employees. At least one of those breaches — BigBasket’s — reportedly includes password data, raising concerns that among the millions of password hashes leaked some government employees’ credentials might…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-meity-dominos-air-india-bigbasket-breaches/
CAIT launches ‘e-commerce purification week’ against Amazon, Flipkart: Report

In a bid to take on Amazon, Walmart-owned Flipkart and other foreign-funded e-commerce companies’ alleged ‘unethical business practices’, the brick and mortar union Confederation of All Indian Traders launched an ‘e-commerce purification week,’ reports said. During this ‘purification’ campaign, CAIT National President B C Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal will hand over a memorandum…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-amazon-flipkart-cait/
India signs G7 statement condemning “politically motivated internet shutdowns”

India has signed a Group of Seven (G7) statement condemning, among other things, “politically motivated internet shutdowns,” the Ministry of External Affairs announced. The “politically motivated” qualifier was not present in an earlier statement signed by just the G7 countries’ foreign ministers on May 5. The “G7 and Guest Countries: 2021 Open Societies Statement” signed…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-india-signs-g7-internet-shutdown/
PUBG Mobile: Indian embassy in Korea met with Krafton officials last August, no records available

You’re reading it here first: Even as PUBG Mobile struggles to make a comeback after being banned in India, it has emerged that officials from Krafton Inc. met with officials from the Indian embassy in Seoul on August 13, 2020, according to a response to an RTI filed by MediaNama. Krafton is the Korean game developer…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-pubg-indian-embassy-in-korea/
#NAMA Event Report: Impact of IT Rules 2021 on News — Grounds for Challenge

Key takeaways The constitutionality of the IT Rules 2021 can be challenged on the grounds of manifest arbitrariness, excessive delegation and violation of Article 14 Providing for a higher level of grievance redressal where someone from the bureaucracy sits and appeals against the decision taken by the tier 2 tribunal or a self regulatory entity…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-nama-event-report-impact-of-it-rules-2021-on-news-grounds-for-challenge/
#NAMA Event Report: Impact of IT Rules 2021 on News — News Aggregators and Publishers

Key takeaways While the framework of the rules has created two categories of regulations – one for intermediaries and one for digital media organizations, news aggregators most often straddle both of these categories of organizations To avoid conflict in the roles of intermediaries, the first thing that comes to mind is to carve aggregators out…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-nama-event-report-impact-of-it-rules-2021-on-news-news-aggregators-and-publishers/
Madhya Pradesh police increases usage of 360 degree mobile surveillance vehicles, experts divided over implications on privacy

You are reading it here first: Madhya Pradesh is looking to increase the ambit of the usage of mobile surveillance vehicles (MSVs). MSVs are police cars retrofitted with surveillance systems such as CCTV cameras that traverse in select cities of the state. These vehicles provide a 360-degree view of the areas that the car passes…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-madhya-pradesh-surveillance/
Telangana passes safety workshop for medicine delivery through drones program; trials to begin soon

The Telangana government successfully completed a virtual hazard identification and risk mitigation (HIRM) workshop that was held to ensure that the State’s medicine delivery through drones operations are conducted safely and securely. This ensures that the government’s ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project can be started soon. According to a release by the Telangana IT And…

https://www.medianama.com/2021/06/223-telangana-drones-medicine/