[July 29- August 5] CCG’s Week in Review: Curated News in Information Law and Policy

Internet services suspended in Kashmir; The unrest over the passage of the RTI bill continues as the president gives assent to the RTI Amendment bill. Rajya Sabha passes Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment bill on Friday after days of deadlock — presenting this week’s most important developments in law and tech.

Data Protection Bill

  • [July 30] India to seek ‘adequacy’ status with GDPR after Data Protection Bill is passed, The Economic Times report; Medianama report.
  • [Aug 1] India should adopt strong data protection laws to improve data flows with EU, says envoy, The Economic Times report.
  • [Aug 2] Data Protection Law: Mahua Moitra alleges conflict of interests against lawyers working with govt, India Today report; The Wire report.
  • [Aug 5] Critical’ data list will be revised with time; move may trouble firms, ET Tech report.

Right to Information

  • Aug 1] Activists urge President to not give assent to RTI Bill; detained by police, Deccan Herald report; The New Indian Express report; Outlook report.
  • [Aug 2] ‘Use RTI to save RTI’ movement begins across the country as president Kovind gives assent to the RTI Amendment Bill, Money Life report.

National Security Law

  • [Aug 2] UAPA Bill passed in Rajya Sabha with 147 votes in favour, 42 against, India Today report; India Today report; The Hindu report; The Tribune analysis.
  • [Aug 2] CDS or NSA: A bone of contention in India’s strategic affairs, The Economic Times report.
  • [Aug 3] Trader arrested under National Security Act for alleged milk adulteration, NDTV report.

National Security and Free Speech

  • [Aug 2] Facebook takes down accounts and pages from UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, Medianama report.
  • [Aug 3] NIA for media gag in ‘sensitive’ Malegaon trial, The Times of India report.
  • [Aug 5] Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba put under house arrest, internet services snapped as Kashmir remains tense, News 18 report.
  • [Aug 5] Kashmir on edge: Security beefed up, restrictions imposed, Internet services suspended, many leaders ‘detained or arrested’. The Economic Times report

Digital India

  • [July 31] Amend law to regulate ride-hailing firms like Ola and Uber: SC tells Govt, Entrackr report.
  • [July 31] Bring a law to regulate Ola, Uber: SC asks Govy, ET Tech report
  • [July 31] CCI dismisses abuse of dominance complaint against OYO, ET Tech report; Entrackr report.
  • [July 31] Lok Sabha to become paperless from next session: Speaker, Times of India report.
  • [Aug 1] Delhi HC hears out petition demanding ban on online websites; ‘What makes you special?’ Chief Justice asks AIGF, Medianama report.
  • [Aug 1] EC announces revision of electoral rolls,. The Tribune report.
  • [Aug 5] Government to formulate broad set of rules for Ola, Uber soon, Entrackr report.

Data Privacy and Breaches

  • [July 29] EU court rules companies liable for data protection with Facebook ‘Like’ button, Telecom paper report.
  • [July 29] European Commission takes Spain, Greece to court for failing to enact data protection rules for police, Medianama report.
  • [July 31] Analysts flag data privacy concerns over FaceApp, ET Telecom report.
  • [July 31] Data breach discovered in financial services platforms Chqbook, Credit Fair by vpnMentor (full report), ET Tech report.
  • [July 31] Truecaller fixes bug after facing flak from users for automatic UPI signup, Entrackr report.
  • [Aug 1] Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU, The Economic Times report; POLITICO report.
  • [Aug 3] Apple contractors will stop listening to your Siri recordings – for now, Wired report.


  • [Aug 3] PIB Press release error made Aadhaar mandatory for driving license, The Quint report.
  • [Aug 4] Aadhaar updation centre comes up at BSNL office, The Tribune report.
  • [Aug 5] National Population register to include Aadhaar details, The Economic Times report; Entrackr report.


  • [Aug 1] Amazon may shop for stake in Reliance retail, ET Tech report; Entracke report.
  • [Aug 2] Biz in China not easy: IT cos tell Piyush Goyal, ET Tech report.

Digital Payments/FinTech

  • [Aug 1] UPI processed 822 million transactions in July, ET Tech report; Entrackr report; Medianama report.
  • [Aug 1] 50% dip in India’s fintech investments in H1 2019, ET Tech report.
  • [Aug 3] Fin-tech players enabling payment through Aadhaar card, Deccan Chronicle report.


  • [July 29] Facebook and Libra are looming large over tomorrow’s crypto hearing in Congress, Forbes report.
  • [July 30] You could be fined or jailed for holding crypto, Livemint report.
  • [July 31] NASSCOM says banning cryptocurrencies ‘not constructive’ regulate them instead, Medianama report, The Economic Times report; Livemint report; The Hindu Business Line report.
  • [July 31] UK Finance watchdog issues guidance on regulation for bitcoin and crypto assets, Coin Desk report.
  • [July 31] Indian Finance Minister addresses crypto proposal – industry responds, Bitcoin.com news report.
  • [July 31] Watch out cryptocurrency owners, the IRS is on the hunt, Forbes report.
  • [Aug 1] Bitcoin has ‘no intrinsic value’, as UK ‘moves towards’ crypto ban, Forbes report.
  • [Aug 1] ‘Crypto rogue’ nations want to use blockchains to undermine the US dollar, MIT Tech review report.
  • [Aug 2] Indian government updates parliament on crypto plans, Bitcoin News report.
  • [Aug 2] South Korea declares partial regulation-free zone for crypto companies, Coin Desk report.
  • [Aug 3] Apple card can’t be used to buy crypto, Tech Crunch report.


  • July 30] Over half of enterprise firms don’t have a clue if their cybersecurity solutions are working, ZD Net report.
  • [July 31] Emerson sets up cybersecurity lab in Pune, ET Rise report.
  • [Aug 1] CISCO whistleblower gets first False Claims payout over cybersecurity, Reuters report.
  • [Aug 1] Financial services cybersecurity still porous, Forbes report.
  • [Aug 2] How to jumpstart your career in cybersecurity, Forbes report.
  • [Aug 2] US GAO blasts cybersecurity efforts of Federal agencies, watchdog points to numerous risk management shortcomings, Bank Info Security report.
  • [Aug 3] Cyber Workshop held for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Delegation, The Hans India report.


  • [July 30] 5G: Telecoms lobby demands access to high-band spectrum for 5G, ET Telecom report.
  • [July 30] BSNL, MTNL merger may take two years, ET Telecom report.
  • [July 30] DoT starts issuing telecom equipment test certificates, ET Telecom report.
  • [July 30] Jio to raise $1 bn via offshore loans to buy telecom gear, ET Telecom report.
  • [July 31] Swadeshi Jagran Manch objects to DoT team to attend 5G conference, writes to PMO, India Today report; Business Today report; The New India Express report.
  • [July 31] TRAI moots KYC norms for cable TV, DTH connections, The Hindu report.
  • [July 31] US warns of implications of adopting 5G tech from ‘totalitarian states’, The Economic times report.
  • [Aug 1] Anshu Prakash takes over as new telecom secretary today, ET Telecom report.
  • [Aug 1] ET 5G Congress; Huawei India CEO says high spectrum costs a big challenge, The Economic Times report.
  • [Aug 2] Govt calls in industry to make robust investments in 5 G tech, The Economic Times report.
  • [Aug 5] Security concerns should be addressed before adopting 5G: Airtel, The Economic Times report.

More on Huawei

  • [July 29] Huawei row may escalate, hit Modi-Xi Jinping meet, The Asian Age report
  • [July 29] Huawei’s first 5G phone goes on sale in China next month, Tech Crunch report.
  • [July 30] Huawei’s sales jump despite trump’s blacklisting, The New York Times report.
  • [Aug 2] The US-China trade war is back on, that’s bad news for Huawei, CNN Business report.
  • [Aug 3] Huawei wins bid to build 4G network in Kiev subway, Xinhua News report.

Tech and Law Enforcement

  • [July 29] RS Prasad: Traceability will be WhatsApp’s job, WhatsApp demurs, Medianama report.
  • [July 30] Call for backdoor access to WhatsApp as Five Eyes nations meet, The Guardian report.
  • [July 31] Facebook fact-checker says company must share more data to fight misinformation, ET Telecom report.
  • [Aug 1] FBI seeks tools to help track criminals and terrorists via social media, Defense One report.
  • [Aug 3] The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons above six US states., Quartz report
  • [Aug 5] Hyderabad: Rs. 149 crore lost to fraud, netizens still unwary, Deccan Chronicle report.

Tech and National Security

  • [July 29] American tech shudders as China cyber rules are expected to get tougher, The Wall Street Journal report.
  • [July 29] India rethinking buying US $6 bn drone after Iran’s downing of Global Hawk, DefenseWorld.net report.
  • [Aug 2] Balakot lessons: India needs to upgrade its fighter fleet, gain tech advantage, The Economic Times report.
  • [Aug 2] India, US to ink two key defence pacts this week, The Hindustan Times report.; Deccan Herald report.
  • [Aug 4] Rs. 25,000 crore tenders cancelled or modified to promote ‘Make in India’, The Hindu Business Line report.

Big Tech

  • [July 31] Govt considering directly taxing non-resident Big Tech companies, The Economic Times report; Medianama report.
  • [July 31] Google researchers find 6 iOS security flaws, ET Telecom report.
  • [Aug 1] FTC Antitrust probe of Facebook scrutinizes its acquisitions, The Wall Street Journal report.

Emerging Tech/AI

  • [July 30] StradVision unveils autonomous vehicles camera tech, ET Auto report.
  • [July 31] AI could reshape work environment by 2030, says Dell study, Tech Circle report
  • [July 31] Alphabet’s AI might be able to predict kidney disease, Wired report.
  • [July 31] Another US city moves to ban face recognition, citing threats to free speech and civil rights. Gizmodo report.
  • [July 31] This autonomous bicycle shows China’s rising expertise in AI chips, Technology Review report.
  • [Aug 1] AI bar system makes sure patrons are served in the right order, Engadget report.
  • [Aug 1] How this startup is using AI, IoT to deliver smart solutions for power shortages, Tech Circle report.
  • [Aug 1] The ripple effects of Artificial Intelligence, Money Control report.
  • [Aug 1] How AI can support cybersecurity leader, Tech Radar report.

Opinions and Analysis

  • [July 26] Patrick Tucker, Defense One, When Trump threatens Google, here’s what he doesn’t get.
  • [July 28] Livemint Opinion, A China that hides its strength no longer.
  • [July 29] Aarthi Shridhar, Money Control, The privacy of environmental crimes.
  • [July 29] Air Marshal SBP Sinha, Bharat Shakti, Prioritising threat-based expenditure.
  • [July 29] PK Balachandran, TheCitizen.in, China’s White Paper on Defense is soft on India and hard on Taiwan.
  • [July 29] Sayantan Bera, Livemint, Five ways to save the spirit of RTI.
  • [July 30] Alexian Chiavegato, Forbes, One-year reflection on the GDPR: Who really benefits from data protection?
  • [July 30] Amba Kak, Times of India (blog), Privacy law needs public debate: Data protection law must guard against internal as well as external threats to citizen privacy.
  • [July 30] Brian G Chow, Defense One, Two ways to ward off killer spacecraft: One is diplomatic, the other, technological.
  • [July 30] Fredrik Bussler, Forbes, The future of crypto: security tokens as a ‘boring’ reality.
  • [July 30] TK Arun, The Economic Times, Don’t rob the states to fund defence, the Centre should modernise the armed forces and defence production instead.
  • [July 30] Vikram Kumar, The Economic Times, Three reasons why IoT is the biggest innovation in the tracking industry.
  • [July 31] Amna Mirza, The New Indian Express, Changing gears for industry 4.0.
  • [July 31] Anmdrew Burt, Harvard Business Review, New laws on data privacy and security are coming. Is your company ready?
  • [July 31] Harshajit Sarmah, Analytics India Magazine. 6 challenges using open source cybersecurity tools.
  • [July 31] Kalvakuntla Kavitha, The Print, India must rethink strategies on national security if it wants to join ranks with US, China.
  • [July 31] Klint Finley, Wired, When Open Source software comes with a few catches.
  • [July 31] Reetika Khera, The Hindu, The makings of a digital kleptocracy.
  • [Aug 1] Leo Kelion, BBC News, AI system ‘should be recognized as an inventor’.
  • [Aug 1] Varun Kannan, The Wire, Aadhaar Amendment Bill: Is expanding the use of UID legally sustainable?
  • [Aug 2] Saad Masood, The Daily Times (Pakistan), Doctrine, policy and strategy: Is freedom of expression compatible with national security?
  • [Aug 3] John Desimone, The Hill, A cyber solution to secure our networks and close the workforce gap.
  • [Aug 3] Sputnik International, The Pentagon does not want to give up Chinese technology.
  • [Aug 4] Akhil Kumar, The Wire, Chargesheet against JNU teachers will have a ‘chilling effect on free speech’.

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