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Data protection issues

Data Protection Bill: JPC Exempts Govt Agencies From Purview, Dissent Notes Emerge

Dec 17, 2021 PTI

The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill did not exempt the controversial clause from the bill which gives powers to the government to keep any of its agencies outside the purview of the data protection legislation.

Data Protection Bill: Tech Firms May Go To Court If JPC’s Suggestions Accepted

Dec 03, 2021 Outlook Business Team

The Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill adopted a draft report on November 22 with seven of its 31 members moving dissent notes against various clauses.

International Monetary Fund Chief Defends Data Rigging Allegations Against Herself

A report had recently said that the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva had a role in rigging data at the World Bank while she was working there.

Instagram And Teens: How Do We Keep Our Kids Safe?

Oct 07, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

For many parents, revelations this week from whistleblower Frances Haugen showing internal Facebook studies of the harms of Instagram for teenagers only intensified concerns about the popular photo sharing app.

The State Of Data Privacy In India Amid Hanging Data Protection Bill

While the Personal Data Protection Bill is being scrutinised in the Joint Parliamentary Committee for over a year and a half now, major data breaches and cybersecurity incidents have taken place in India.

22 July, 2021

Top 10 Snooping Agencies Of India

Outlook Web Bureau

10 intelligence and investigating agencies can intercept, monitor or decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource” Section 69 of the IT Act, 2000, and Rule 4 of the IT.

21 July, 2021

India Needs A Strong Personal Data Protection Bill Now: Justice (Retd) B.N. Srikrishna

Bhavna Vij-Aurora

Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 is much weakened and disastrous.

19 July, 2021

Pegasus: Rahul Gandhi Says 'We Know What He's Reading' In Apparent Dig At PM Modi

Outlook Web Desk

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "We know what he’s been reading- everything on your phone!" following the release of the Pegasus Report on Sunday night.

12 June, 2021

China Issues Notices To 129 Mobile Apps For Illegally Collecting Personal Info

Outlook Web Bureau

China’s internet watchdog has asked apps to rectify their data practices within 15 days.

09 February, 2021

Digital Sovereignty: Who Died And Made Twitter Emperor Of The World?

Dr Jaijit Bhattacharya

The cocky challenges to India by digital monopolies need to be addressed quickly

25 January, 2021

WhatsApp Treating Indian Users Differently With 'All Or Nothing Approach': Centre to HC

Outlook Web Bureau

The central government told the high court that it was also a matter of concern that Indian users were being 'unilaterally' subjected to the change in privacy policy


23 January, 2021

Italy Takes Action Against Tik Tok, Blocks App's Access To Data After 10-Year-Old Girl's Death

Associated Press (AP)

The data protection authority noted it had advised Tik Tok in December of a series of violations, including scant attention to the protection of minors.

22 January, 2021

CBI Books Cambridge Analytica, Global Science Research For Illegal Data Harvesting Of Facebook Users

Outlook Web Bureau

The CBI filed the case against the company for illegally harvesting data of Facebook users in India for commercial purposes, officials said on Friday.

21 January, 2021

‘Why Is My Data Important? How Much Is It Worth?’

Astha Savyasachi

Dr Abhay Chawla explains why the recent controversy over WhatsApp should serve as a wake-up call for those who believe in data privacy.

17 January, 2021

WhatsApp Tries To Soothe Privacy Concerns With 'Status' Updates

Outlook Web Bureau

The social messaging platform posted a four-part series on its status to assure users of privacy amid fallout from policy update.

15 January, 2021

WhatsApp’s New Policy: Why You Should Be Scared. Extremely Scared

Astha Savyasachi

WhatsApp’s privacy policy says, “Privacy and Security is in our DNA”. But the past of Facebook, its parent company, make us question its ‘DNA’.

09 December, 2020

Apple To Tighten App Privacy, Roll Out Anti-Tracking Feature Next Year

Associated Press (AP)

Apple has also warned apps could be removed from its app store if they don't comply with new anti-tracking measures.


19 November, 2020

Will Finalise Data Protection Law Very Soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad


Prasad says even during the pandemic the communications sector witnessed a growth of over 7%

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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