CITIZENS' ISSUES


Sidra Javed (The Leaflet) 12 May 2022
While some directions seem like the need of the hour (such as mandatorily reporting data breaches) and definitively aim at ensuring cyber security, others (such as collecting and storing personal data by VPN providers) fall short of this aim.   THE directions issued on April 28 by the...

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Priyanshi Bhageria (The Leaflet) 09 May 2022
Mandating all service providers, intermediaries, data centres, body corporates and government organisations to enable server logs of all their ICT systems, and maintain the same for a period of 180 days within the Indian jurisdiction, is being seen as yet another attempt at State...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 May 2022
India is facing the worst power outages in more than six years amid heatwaves and soaring high temperatures across states and Union Territories (UTs). Two in three households in India confirmed facing power outages amidst heatwave and high temperatures in a survey conducted by...

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The Supreme Court observed on Tuesday that a Hindu father or any other managing member of a Hindu undivided family (HUF) has the power to make a gift of ancestral property only for a 'pious purpose' and what is understood by the term 'pious purpose' is a gift for charitable or religious...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 March 2022
In a significant judgement that will ease the pains of many senior citizens, the Bombay High Court (HC) has ruled that a son cannot claim any right of share in his parent's flat while they are alive.    In an order passed last week, the bench of justice Gautam Patel and justice Madhav...

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Parul Anand  and   Samiksha Lohia (The Leaflet) 25 January 2022
The Data Protection Authority as provided for in the Draft Data Protection Bill, 2021 veers towards State interests, and there are notable ambiguities in its working as prescribed in the Bill. These issues must be urgently addressed, write SAMIKSHA LOHIA and PARUL ANAND.   On 16...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 November 2021
India is at the second spot when it comes to requesting content removal from social media platforms. Russia tops the list of the top-10 countries, with 179,013 content removals requested. However, India accounts for 24% of requests Facebook has received from across the globe when it comes to...

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IANS 11 November 2021
Apple is launching a new digital legacy programme where its users can choose up to five people who can access the iCloud data after their demise.   The Digital Legacy programme is arriving in the latest iOS 15.2 update where you can designate up to five people as 'Legacy Contacts' on...

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IANS 01 November 2021
At least 30 per cent of the population or 40 crore individuals, called the 'missing middle', are devoid of any financial protection for health, said a Niti Aayog report.   In its report 'Health Insurance for India's Missing Middle', Niti Aayog has said that the expansion of health...

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Renu Gupta  and   Akshat Bhushan (The Leaflet) 27 October 2021
With India trying to compete globally on issues of technology and drone usage, it is necessary to analyse if the relevant Indian regulation is on par to provide the necessary safeguards from privacy violations. RENU GUPTA and AKSHAT BHUSHAN argue that the current legal framework is lacking in...

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Aravind Natarajan 13 October 2021
The Mumbai Monorail, feeder system to the Mumbai metro, which has had a bumpy ride so far, has announced plans to get 10 new rakes and increase speed and capacity of the project, whose very existence has been questioned my many experts. But none of this is happening anytime soon. In fact, by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 September 2021
Real interest rates have turned negative in India (which means the interest rate is lower than inflation), as has happened in the US and Europe some years back. This has created many problems for savers, especially senior citizens, many of whom have kept most of their money safely with banks....

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Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, over 5,000 pandemic-related phishing websites have surfaced, designed to steal users' credentials via fake payment offers and discounted Covid tests, among others.   Recently, phishing ads for fake QR codes and vaccination certificates for...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 August 2021
After my story on the smooth process at the Pune passport office was published on 5th August hailing the remarkable efficiency of a once shabbily operated passport office, what hits us now is an anti-climax!   I got  several calls complaining that the Pune police verification is slow;...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 August 2021
The last I had visited the swanky Pune passport office at Mundhwa was way back in 2012-13, not to get or renew a passport, but to protest in front of it.  My ire was aimed then at the shabby and irresponsible working of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) which was in a public-private-partnership...

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Dr Sakuntala Narasimhan Dr Sakuntala Narasimhan 28 July 2021
Death is often a merciful release, if it is an old person suffering in pain. It is those left behind who go through the trauma of loss and bereavement.   However, when my husband passed away in May after a prolonged and painful battle with cancer, I had not reckoned with the kind of...

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Nikhila Natarajan (IANS) 19 July 2021
A bombshell report Sunday on military-grade Pegasus spyware from Israeli firm NSO used by governments around the world to snoop on a long list of more than 50,000 people in 50 countries has injected a fresh round of ammunition into the raging debate over digital surveillance - especially when...

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The chief data protection regulator in the UK has expressed grave concerns over the inappropriate use of live facial recognition (LFR) technology in public places.   Unlike CCTV, LFR and its algorithms can automatically identify who you are and infer sensitive details about...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 June 2021
‘Dogs and Indians not allowed.’   So said the ubiquitous British Raj sign-board, symbol of a sentiment that eventually snowballed into the Quit India movement whereby the brown natives turned the tables against the gora saheb, to assert their sovereignty. However, it appears that, in...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 June 2021
Innumerable RTI (Right to Information) activists and users across the country have sought information since April 2020, regarding various issues related to the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic that directly affects every citizen of this country. But information has been denied by the ministry...

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