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Data privacy debate is heating up in India; your data is not safe

The telecom regulator has come out with some recommendations to protect users’ data. But it is uncertain whether the government will be ready to accept it or not

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The recommendations of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) on data privacy has become a hot point of discussion among the industry people as it advocates some policies for the protection of consumers in an undiluted way.

People should have the right to their data, not companies, the TRAI made it clear, seeking new laws to make data privacy more effective.

According to TRAI, the telecom providers, mobile companies are all just custodians of consumers’ data, and they don’t have any kind of primary ownership of data.

It means that the companies should not transfer the data of their users without obtaining tangible consent from them.

The recommendations have multiple implications as India still doesn’t have a concrete policy on data privacy. No matter whatever the platform one uses, the ownership of the content he/she shares on the platform is with themselves, not with the companies.

Many companies are engaged in attempts to monetize customer’s data as they think that it’s a business model to move ahead. And it’s intriguing that the TRAI recommendations came out at a time when Justice B N Srikrishna committee is about to release the draft of data protection law.

So the industry leaders aired their concerns over TRAI’s statements, questioning the timing of the recommendations, indeed it’s implementation possibility

It should be noted that the TRAI’s recommendations cover not just telecom providers, but device manufacturers and telecom users. But it’s unclear that whether the department of telecom will take up the recommendations or not.

Even though TRAI said that the current mechanism is inadequate to protect data privacy of users, it is uncertain what the government will do with this proposal.

It seems that the government is keeping a wait and watch policy till the release of the broad recommendations of Justice B N Srikrishna committee.

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‘India must be united in holding Pakistan and China to account for Pulwama massacre’

China’s culpability in allowing Masood Azhar to roam around free and mount terror attacks against India is something that we must call to account, said BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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China’s culpability in allowing Masood Azhar to roam around free and mount terror attacks against India is something that we must call to account, said BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, in the backdrop of Pulwama attack that killed 45 CRPF personnel.

All political parties in the country must be united to put Pakistan and China to account for the attack, he added.

The attack was executed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e- Mohammad, which is headed by notorious Masood Azhar.

“Masood Azhar, who is roaming around free in Pakistan, is the same man that the United Nations has been trying to outlaw and declare a global terrorist and that effort by the United Nation has been blocked repeatedly by China,” he said.

China’s culpability in allowing Masood Azhar to roam around free and mount terror attacks against India is something that we must call to account, said BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar

“China, as you know, is the principal financial sponsor of Pakistan – a country that is financially bankrupt, morally bankrupt, and a country which is now increasingly be run by the Pakistani army to forward its own narrow perverted objectives of trying to avenge the 1971 defeat and every other defeat that they’ve had in the hands of the Indian Army. “

Rajeev also said that Pakistan has failed militarily and through this covert war over decades so shall they fail again but for that we must remember that divided as we may be as we head into a political electoral battle,  divided was we may be on grounds of politics around and in sometimes even on grounds of religion.

“On this one issue – We must stand you know. We must be united in calling Pakistan to account. We must be united in holding Pakistan and China to account for the conduct and the continuing support to terrorism and attacks on people and innocent lives lost.”

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Why Shiv Sena ropes in poll strategist Prashant Kishor

Prashant Kishor’s latest move assumes some kind of significance as Shiv Sena is yet to say a final word on tie-up with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

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Prashant Kishor’s latest move assumes some kind of significance as Shiv Sena is yet to say a final word on tie-up with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Celebrity poll strategist Prashant Kishor is all set to make an impact on Shiv Sena’s electoral prospects.  On Tuesday, the man who played an instrumental role in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Kishor met Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree, sending a clear signal that Shiv Sena would be in the company of BJP in the coming elections.

Thank you for your warm hospitality Uddhavji and @AUThackeray. As part of NDA, we look forward to joining forces with you in Maharashtra to help secure victory in upcoming Lok Sabha elections & beyond-Kishor tweeted.

Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena’s energetic young leader and son of Uddhav, was also there at the meeting.

Prashant Kishor’s latest move assumes some kind of significance as Shiv Sena is yet to say a final word on tie-up with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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For historian Ramachandra Guha, India a 50-50 democracy

He also mentioned the problem of media-dependence on commercial and government advertisements.  

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India has been a 50-50 democracy, historian Ramachandra Guha thinks. Guha is of the opinion that a government that denies its people the freedom of speech is a ‘violent’ one.  In that sense India is a half democracy, he said during a programme called Let’s Talk as part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

The historian considers India as democratic in certain aspects like free and fair elections, movement of citizens, to name a few. But he is very much critical on the country’s criminal justice system and corruption. Colonial laws, identity politics and ideology-centred writers are some of the threats to freedom of expression-Ramachandra Guha said.

He also mentioned the problem of media-dependence on commercial and government advertisements.

 

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