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For non-compliance with IT rules, govt to issue new notices

The govt is going to send notices to companies that are yet to comply with the new IT rules. The Signal is one of the E2E messaging app that is yet to respond to the ministry’s letter. The Meity is facing a challenge in court from WhatsApp over the new rules that will require them to break encryption and compromise user privacy. Apple has been exempted as the messaging facility is not available to all and is not a significant social media intermediary.

ByteDance delighted by new Indian IT rules, Biden’s move

After India has introduced new IT rules and US president Joe Biden decided to do away with his predecessor Donald Trump’s attempt at banning TikTok, ByteDance sees “hope and confidence” for the Indian market. ByteDance wrote to the MeitY saying they have been compliant with the new IT rules despite being non-operational. The company still has 1,000 employees working for other markets. They are hoping to hear from the ministry soon.

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Twitter assures compliance with new IT rules after losing legal protection

Twitter has assured that it will make every effort to comply with the new IT rules of India. The microblogging site, in India, has lost its status as an intermediary platform. MeitY is being updated with every step of the process by its officials. Twitter said it has appointed mandated officials and was doing everything to adhere to the new rules. The new rules have come into effect since May 26 but MietY had given an extension to Twitter till June 5 to comply.

Govt is proactively looking at WhatsApp privacy rules issue

Govt of India is looking to take appropriate measures around WhatsApps new privacy rules. On Thursday Germany banned the new privacy rules of WhatsApp, which will come into effect from May 15 for users to accept. Not accepting the policy will not lead to the removal of accounts, but certainly features downgrade. “The ministry is proactively looking at what we can do about it,” MeitY Special Secretary and Financial Advisor Jyoti Arora said in an event.

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Govt planning scheme to push investments into data centers, drones, robotics

India is working on an incentive-linked investment scheme for setting up hyperscale data centers and boost the capacity of the existing data center ecosystem. Ministry Electronics and Information Technology is also planning to incentivise the manufacturing ecosystem of drones and robotics. Ajay Prakash, Secretary – MeitY said that despite the second wave of COVID-19, the govt maintains an optimistic outlook for the electronics manufacturing sector.

27 fraud insta credit lending apps banned by the govt

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had blocked 27 loan lending apps under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000, Minister of State, Finance, Anurag Singh Thakur told the Lok Sabha. The junior minister shared the information while replying to a question on whether the govt, large tech firms, and regulated digital lenders are working together for a crackdown on fraud Chinese lending apps operating in India.

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Google Cloud achieves empanelment for India’s Public Sector

Google Cloud has attained a full Cloud Service Provider empanelment by completing an audit from India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT. MD, Bikram Singh Bedi, said the empanelment will allow the govt agencies from central and state level, PSUs across sectors — power to financial services–  to deploy Google Cloud. Many Indian organisations like Wipro, Sharechat, TVS ASL, ICICI Prudential,, Cleartrip, and others use Google Cloud.

Sandes, desi alternative to WhatsApp, being tested by officials

A desi alternative of Whatsapp named ‘Sandes’, which means ‘message’, is being tested by govt officials in India, at present.  There is, however, no information regarding the rollout of the app, which provides all the features that any instant messaging app has. The National Informatics Centre, a branch under the Ministry of Electronics and IT is said to be handling the backend of the App, which is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

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Govt to continue the ban on TikTok, PUBG

The govt, in a notice to banned Chinese apps, said the order to block them would continue under section 69A of the IT Act. India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok in June 2020 and 118 apps, including PUBG mobile game, in Sept 2020, blocking more than 200 apps up till now. The apps were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India” the ministry had said.