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Data Protection Bill: 'Govt will get access to personal data only in exceptional circumstances', says MoS IT
India

Data Protection Bill: 'Govt will get access to personal data only in exceptional circumstances', says MoS IT

The minister said the bill and laws lay out in very clear terms that only in exceptional circumstances like national security, pandemic, healthcare, and natural disaster can the government have access to the personal data of citizens

Twitter had Indian and Chinese agents, alleges whistle-blower Peiter Zatko
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Twitter had Indian and Chinese agents, alleges whistle-blower Peiter Zatko

Former security chief at Twitter Pieter Zatko alleged during his Senate hearing said that the Indian government placed an agent inside the company to understand the negotiations between the country's ruling party and Twitter about new social media restrictions and how well they were going

Parliament panel on Information and Technology grills Twitter officials over data security, privacy
India

Parliament panel on Information and Technology grills Twitter officials over data security, privacy

The panel says replies were 'not satisfactory'. The officials from the company, however, refuted the whistle-blower's allegations and denied there was any data security breach in India, the sources said to PTI

New awareness campaign on Aadhaar to focus on its day-to-day use in availing welfare schemes: UIDAI
India

New awareness campaign on Aadhaar to focus on its day-to-day use in availing welfare schemes: UIDAI

More than 130 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated so far, but UIDAI feels there is still a great need to communicate to the residents the benefits of Aadhaar, updating their details in Aadhaar and the role it can play in their day-to-day life

Nearly half of Android users considering switching to iPhone over security and privacy concerns: Survey
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Nearly half of Android users considering switching to iPhone over security and privacy concerns: Survey

Nearly 49 per cent of Android users across the world would like to or are considering switching to iPhones, due to their perceived “superiority” in security and privacy.

Apple takes a leaf from Xiaomi’s playbook, will soon start showing ads on iPhone’s default apps
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Apple takes a leaf from Xiaomi’s playbook, will soon start showing ads on iPhone’s default apps

Apple is working on a new system that shows advertisements and paid content on some of the default apps on iOS and iPhones. Apple’s services arm, which includes advertising and its various subscriptions, saw a 12 per cent increase in revenue last quarter.

Personal Data Protection Bill withdrawn to bring contemporary, modern legal framework, says Ashwini Vaishnaw
India

Personal Data Protection Bill withdrawn to bring contemporary, modern legal framework, says Ashwini Vaishnaw

The 2019 Bill sought to bring a strong and robust data protection framework for India and to set up an Authority for protecting personal data and empowering the citizens' with rights relating to their personal data ensuring their fundamental right to privacy and protection of personal data

IT industry seeks participation in consultation for new personal data protection bill
India

IT industry seeks participation in consultation for new personal data protection bill

Around a dozen of industry bodies had written to the Union IT and telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw that implementation of the proposed Data Protection Bill, would significantly degrade India's business environment and reduce foreign investment inflows

Samsung is testing a game-changing new smartphone feature that hides your data from repair shops
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Samsung is testing a game-changing new smartphone feature that hides your data from repair shops

Samsung is testing out a new feature for their smartphones that would enable users to limit the access to personal information and data that repair technicians have. This may become a major feature in Android and iOS devices in years to come.

“Hidden” iPhone page shows which apps are tracking your Internet searches
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“Hidden” iPhone page shows which apps are tracking your Internet searches

There are a ton of apps on both, Apple’s iOS and the Android ecosystem that collect all sorts of user data and then sell it off to businesses for a profit. Luckily, iOS has the option for users to turn turn off the ability for certain apps to collect user data and track their every move.

Apple is working on a Lockdown Mode for iPhones, iPads and Macs to protect against spyware
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Apple is working on a Lockdown Mode for iPhones, iPads and Macs to protect against spyware

Apple’s claim of being the most secure and privacy-friendly ecosystem has taken a dent ever since the existence of spyware like Pegasus and Hermit became public knowledge. To counter such spyware, Apple plans on adding a new set of features under “Lockdown Mode.”

India's new VPN policy delayed by 3 months but major providers are already planning to leave
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India's new VPN policy delayed by 3 months but major providers are already planning to leave

India’s new VPN policy was supposed to go into effect from June 27. Now, CERT-In has pushed the deadline by 3 months to allow VPN and cloud service providers to implement the policies. Some major VPN service providers, however, are planning to remove their servers from India, to avoid compliance.

Half of Indian smartphone users are seeing ads based on their personal phone conversations, says survey
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Half of Indian smartphone users are seeing ads based on their personal phone conversations, says survey

Nearly half of Indian smartphone users have seen ads on websites or social media platforms that were based on phone conversations they had. This further reiterates what privacy advocates have been saying for a long time - your phone and the apps on it are listening in to everything you do.

Twitter to pay $150 million penalty over alleged failures to protect users' data
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Twitter to pay $150 million penalty over alleged failures to protect users' data

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement with Twitter on 25 May. The regulators allege Twitter violated a 2011 FTC order by deceiving users

Explained: How VPNs work and why India passed a law forcing VPNs to collect user data
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Explained: How VPNs work and why India passed a law forcing VPNs to collect user data

With the advent of the new rules, VPNs or virtual private networks have practically lost their utility. National Security experts, however, believe that this will give authorities a fighting chance to counter illicit activities.

Parliamentary panel adopts report on data protection amid dissent by several Opposition MPs
India

Parliamentary panel adopts report on data protection amid dissent by several Opposition MPs

As per the PDP Bill, the Centre can exempt its agencies from the provisions of the Act for protecting national interests and for protecting the security of the State, public order, sovereignty and integrity of India.

With telemedicine, access to proper healthcare will no longer be a problem for the average Indian citizen
India

With telemedicine, access to proper healthcare will no longer be a problem for the average Indian citizen

54 percent of patients think telemedicine is not reliabile, 30 percent aren't comfortable with technology and data privacy is an area of concern along with regulatory approval for LEO-based internet access.

Apple to scan iPhones and iPads in the US for images of child sexual abuse
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Apple to scan iPhones and iPads in the US for images of child sexual abuse

Apple will report such images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which works with police.

Shilpa Shetty's appeal amid Raj Kundra row: 'We don't deserve a media trial'
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Shilpa Shetty's appeal amid Raj Kundra row: 'We don't deserve a media trial'

In a statement shared on social media, Shilpa Shetty requested that her family's privacy be respected during the course of the legal proceedings against her husband Raj Kundra.