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The Internet Freedom Foundation, which runs campaigns to defend online freedom and data privacy, said that it has filed six RTI requests this month, pertaining to newly introduced government projects planning the use of 'facial recognition technology'. (File Photo / REUTERS)

RTI filed on govt use of 'facial recognition' in airports, Covid-19 vaccination

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 11:27 AM IST
The IFF is also keeping a close watch on free speech violations, and demanded accountability from the Centre over Twitter removing 50 posts from its platform last month on government requests. Most of these posts were related to the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma became the second tech chief and world's richest man Elon Musk to endorse Signal after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy(Bloomberg photo)
Vijay Shekhar Sharma became the second tech chief and world's richest man Elon Musk to endorse Signal after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy(Bloomberg photo)

Paytm CEO ‘Signals’ users should leave WhatsApp over data privacy concerns

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma posted a detailed tweet on Monday accusing WhatsApp and Facebook of "abusing their monopoly" and taking users' privacy for granted. Sharma also stated that India being the largest market for the messaging platform should exercise its power and move en masse to Signal.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has announced free Covid-19 vaccine for all citizens of the state(PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has announced free Covid-19 vaccine for all citizens of the state(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: BJP calls Mamata’s free vaccine claim ‘bogus’

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 09:05 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
A panel on “Accountability vs independence of judiciary: Is the balance right?’ noted that the present collegium system of appointing judges in India needs to be relooked.(HT Archives)
A panel on “Accountability vs independence of judiciary: Is the balance right?’ noted that the present collegium system of appointing judges in India needs to be relooked.(HT Archives)

Experts suggest digitization of legal records to ensure data privacy

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 06:23 PM IST
Several experts discussed issues like excessive delay in the delivery of justice, high costs of litigation, the dearth of qualified lawyers and vacancy of judges in courts at all levels during the just-concluded fifth edition of Difficult Dialogues.
In a digital economy abounding with platforms such as Facebook, Google and widening use of the Internet, privacy and security of people’s data have become a key public concern and a defining public policy debate.(AFP Photo)
In a digital economy abounding with platforms such as Facebook, Google and widening use of the Internet, privacy and security of people’s data have become a key public concern and a defining public policy debate.(AFP Photo)

How India’s proposed data privacy bill compares with protection laws across the world

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 02:27 PM IST
India’s draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, provides for regulations of users’ personal data that is collected by various third parties, including the state.
WhatsApp’s regulatory tangles coincide with a government effort to pre-empt its service from fueling violence.(Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)
WhatsApp’s regulatory tangles coincide with a government effort to pre-empt its service from fueling violence.(Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Govt holding up WhatsApp Payments launch in India over data privacy concerns

Bloomberg | By Saritha Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 12:31 PM IST
The delay for WhatsApp Payments comes just as WhatsApp has been embroiled in a controversy over lynchings in India.
Russia has said it would block access to Facebook unless the social network complies with legislation requiring websites which store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers.(Reuters/Picture for representation)
Russia has said it would block access to Facebook unless the social network complies with legislation requiring websites which store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers.(Reuters/Picture for representation)

Russia to check whether Facebook, WhatsApp comply with state laws: Reports

Reuters, Moscow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 03:50 PM IST
Russian state telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor will check by December whether Facebook and possibly Whatsapp are complying with Russian laws, reports said, quoting the watchdog head.
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