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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.