Overall, the RBI has shown a welcome range in its focus last year, from financial inclusion, promoting innovation to easing payments in the pandemic.
Interim clarity from the RBI is an urgent necessity, as services from banks and service providers are yet to resume in full swing.
Video KYC brings in the additional benefit of being completely remote, since digital KYC still requires a visit.
Facebook-WhatsApp case in SC: Mass surveillance possibilities can increase with creation of national decryption agency
Mass surveillance, while inherently unconstitutional on account of being a completely disproportionate invasion of privacy, is unfortunately still a possibility, until it is expressly prohibited.
Aadhaar-social media account linking could result in creation of a surveillance state, deprive fundamental right to privacy
It is without question that a solution is required, but it is increasingly worrying as the solutions move toward deprivation of fundamental rights and the first steps towards a possible surveillance state.
The primary future concerns expressed by SEBI, are with the black box nature of AI/ML systems.
TikTok ban: The case highlighted the inability of Indian laws to prevent the exploitation of children
We need to take a holistic approach to kids' safety, and a law that addresses this would be welcome.
The dispute involves Spotify’s attempt to obtain a statutory license to stream Warner’s music.
Aadhaar privacy debate, data protection regulation to intermediary guidelines: Tech policy trends of 2018
Looking at the year gone by for privacy, one can look ahead at 2019 only with concern
MHA notification: Authorised agencies don't have suo motu powers to issue interception, monitoring directions
The notification is not blanket empowerment of these agencies to carry out surveillance.
Despite people's right to criticise, there are laws which enable the govt to act against online speech.
Changes brought in by SC's Aadhaar verdict come as relief, but judgment remains major disappointment
Overall, the impact of the Supreme Court's Aadhaar verdict is to retain the unique ID scheme, but bringing the rampant mandating to a halt comes as a relief.
RBI’s data localization mandate indicates the hurdles companies face to set up payment services.
The proposed Bill will definitely necessitate major changes in the practices of the fiduciaries.
These obligations ensure that a data principal is made aware of the practices of the data fiduciary.
The Bill does not provide the data principal with adequate rights to exercise control over his data
The Report acknowledges that the notice and consent framework in use today is broken.
The first place where a dilution of the rights is seen is in the requirement that the processing be lawful.
Imposing responsibility on WhatsApp cannot be the sole solution to an issue like fake news.
Niti Aayog’s Paper on AI is a good first step but regulatory challenges around data protection laws need more discussion
The Paper is designed as an ‘essential pre-read’ document, which will be followed by wider consultations before recommendations for the National Strategy are finalised